In this episode: Iden's little visa problem and a surprising discovery in Indochina (Recorded 8/11/23 in Chiang Mai, Thailand)
No major travel problems but little ones that constantly have to be sorted out. My husband has three surnames - old family tradition. First name was his grandfather's surname, middle name was his mother's maiden name and then his father's surname. Anytime an official sees all three names, you never know which one they will select! Then starts the explaining phase!
Did you get any clothes made there?
Traveling to Israel during COVID was a paperwork nightmare but I was able to get there 3 times in between the country closures. Vax records, proof of insurance, mask exemption documents and airline approval documents, test results 24 hours before flight - so much to prepare for but it was worth it to be in that place that is so special to me with NO crowds. I will never forget those times alone in Jerusalem.
I've been to Hoi An twice and I just love it. I want to return and have the time to explore more of the country. We also spent a couple of days in Danang and took an amazing street food tour. The South China Sea is lovely.
We were driving and came to the Croatian border. It was shortly after the war in that area. Soldiers with rifles motioned us to pull over and get out of the car. They took our passports, thumbed through them, and walked away with them. An armed soldier motioned for us to stay out of the car. We stood in the snow for about an hour, with no idea where our passports were. The guards came back, handed us our passports, smiled broadly, and said "Enjoy Croatia."
I'm going to keep my mouth shut on this one! Let's just say I spent 13 "wonderful" months in this hot, humid, rainy place & can't see anyone wanting to spend 1 second there - ever! Tom USMC VN 67-68