Chinese “take away” last hurdle – now let’s WOK and roll!

MARK: I’m a control freak.  Those that know me will testify to that fact.  The only problem is that after 52 years I have realised you can’t control everything in life.  The weather, Middlesbrough FC’s rise and fall, erupting volcanoes in Ecuador or terrible terrorist atrocities like those witnessed in Bangkok on Monday…

And the same goes for Chinese Visas.  The process is the process and there ain’t anything that mere mortals can do to change it.  As visas are only issued for three months from date of issue, we had to leave this part of the planning right until the end.  Part of me wanted to plan contingencies in case we could not get that all important bit of paper.  But where do you stop?  Just the thought of getting a new Passport plus an Indian and Vietnamese visa and the rescheduling of six internal flights, four trains and two buses in India was bad enough never mind the actual nightmare of doing it!

So when the email came through yesterday from Dora @ China Travel Service with the good news that we had been granted visas, we both breathed a collective sigh of relief.  This morning I jumped on a South West Train and headed in to London town for the last time to get the Passports/visas from Euston Road.  No chancing this last hurdle of delivery by a courier.

It has proved exactly the right decision to use a third party to get the Visa on our behalf.  But one word of warning.  If you are ever applying for Chinese Visa, do ensure your signature on the Application is EXACTLY the same as the one in your Passport.  Mine only had a line “partly” under my signature and it took a black pen to add a one cm line to make it look the same as my PP.  That seemingly insignificant thing could have been the difference between getting the Visa or having it rejected.  Dora earned her money with that spot!

So attention now turns to packing and preparing the Household Action Document (HAD) for Joe which now runs to 25 pages of do’s and don’ts.  A half day training session and one hour multiple-choice examination is being held on Thursday 27th August, should you be in the Frimley area.  FOOTNOTE – Joe sailed through the multiple-choice questions scoring 36 our of 40 – A* – BUT his practical he only scraped a C and must do better if he is to go on and study House Cleaning at Masters level – like the pun??????????

Getting close now – just 12 sleeps and then wok and roll, India here we come!



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7 thoughts on “Chinese “take away” last hurdle – now let’s WOK and roll!

  1. Richard and Danuta Allen

    Bon Voyage Mark and Sarah,
    Hope you managed to get everything in your rucksacks. Travel safely, take care of each other and have fun. We know you will.
    Richard and Danny ( The Silver Nomads )

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    • Many thanks Silver Nomads. We learnt so much from you during the lovely dinner at Janet and Steve. We hope to emulate your world tours and trips – keep reading the blog. M and S


  2. Wok on tommy 🙂
    PS if you’d care to share that HAD, we’re leaving our 23-year-old home alone for 10 days when we head of to Spain for some sunshine…

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  3. Pat Patel

    Good Luck on your trip to India, hope you have got all your Jabs….

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    • Thanks Pat – yes, got the full set including Rabies. The only one I was umming and ahhing about was Japanese Encephalitis. Decided to leave in the end. But have 150 Malaria tablets…


      • Pat Patel

        I have had ‘Japanese Encephalitis’ Jab before and this can be very painful; …. only have this Jab, if you are venturing into local Indian Villages, or rice paddy fields. Otherwise, stick to good old Gin and Tonic, would be my view.

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