Friday, September 14, 2007

Embassy Visit

I had to go to the U.S. Embassy today for some passport stuff. I'm not sure what I expected, maybe something like you see in the movies: a large, imposing building; bustling activity; armed guards; Americans; maybe some sort of riotous crowd out front...well, it wasn't like that.

Now, I have little "embassy experience", so I don't claim to be an expert, but this was definitely not what I expected. No sign indicated that the obscure building was an embassy of any sort. Of the three people that I saw there only one spoke English. But they were all very kind and helpful. They all loved the boys. And there was a very nice bathroom there - with a western bathtub. Not something you usually see when you're out and about. I could have just thrown in the boys for a little mid-day scrub.

As I was waiting at a window for some paperwork I happened to look at the wall in the back of the office. Smiling down at me in a fatherly way was our President, Mr. George W. Bush. Next to him were pictures of Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice. Here was something. I felt a slight connection to home, as if these were pictures of old friends. I'm not sure I would have even noticed at some random office in the States; but here, where Americans are few and far between, it was a nice little reminder of the fine country I come from.

I wonder what they're going to do with those pics when the election comes around? Maybe I could take them to my house. We have a wall that could use some friendly faces.

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After the embassy visit we went swimming, as we so often do now. The weather is getting warmer, as is the pool water. Here is a video of some of our latest tricks. Enjoy!

or maybe I am experiencing technical difficulties and it's a video of the boys talking to each other on their shoes? I'll figure it out.


cabcree said...

It's nice to have a feeling of home. I kind of think that is why people visit McDonald's wherever they go. Just a theory. Happy travelings to you, btw.

joysnatcher said...

it's why we go to McDonald's when we're here, that's for sure. We definitely went more when we first got here.

Lacey said...

I love the video of the boys! It's too cute!

Well I have been to another embassy. IT was a lot crazier than the one you are describing. There were hundreds of people waiting in line trying to get a Visa and many people asking us to help them.

I'm glad you guys felt a little bit of home.

I can't wait to see pictures of all our nieces and nephews at Halloween!

be_a_Mary said...

OH! I can't wait to see them in person in a few months!!

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