DAY 33 When applying for visas it is important i have discovered to look smart, act impartial and avoid frivolous engagement at all costs – for the success, speed and cost generally depend on the mood or general state of being of the official who stands between you and their country. I fill in all […]
When applying for visas it is important i have discovered to look smart, act impartial and avoid frivolous engagement at all costs - for the success, speed and cost generally depend on the mood or general state of being of the official who stands between you and their country. I fill in all relevant forms only to notice a massive sign - the requisite being ' ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE PROOF OF AN AIR TICKET TO A DESTINATION IN CHINA AND CORRESPONDING HOTEL RESERVATION'. I hit the baking hot streets in search for the dodgiest looking travel agent...I find it, show my application form and photo of the ' air ticket, hotel reservation' sign...the woman smiles and points to a Thai guy at the next desk.
"1000 Baht ! " were his first words.
Now given I am Hitching to China and have not got a clue where i will be staying, I need to falsify the aforementioned requirements, the travel agent guy knows this straight away... I tell him I can do this myself but need it now, I am willing to pay '300 baht' for this service..."1000 baht" he stabs back at me, I tell him I cannot be bothered to do the rounds with him and that I will do it myself,... pointless chat ensues resulting in me walking away _ " OK, OK - 500 Baht " he say. I wave 400 baht at him...job done.
My in-line ticket is 2 nos away from being called as I re- enter the Visa Den, it is 11:30.
The guy I find myself in front of is around 21 years old and obviously wants to shut up shop pronto... he leafs through my application. My occupation states that I am a Musician and that I am self employed..." need proof you musician" he say, I point to self employed on the forms.
" come back tomorrow " he say.... " I will play you a song, i will write a letter out now, there is no difference" I try to explain. He shows me a headnote paper of a teachers permit.
"come back tomorrow".
I have obviously encountered one here. Adam and Koi take me to another stunning restaurant ... South Korean tonight.