[잉그리드의 전주살이] Travel screwups
[잉그리드의 전주살이] Travel screwups
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  • 승인 2018.08.09 19:33
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Sometimes you can be conflicted as to what to do. It happens to all of us at some time. I have wanted to go to Halong Bay in Vietnam for some time,. I don't know where or when I picked up this desire, I just know it has been there for a while. My sister said to me that since I am in Asia I should visit Asian places because if I go after I move back to Canada then it's a very long way to go and expensive. Summertime can be hard to get some free time because of English camps and family obligations. For me it was usually my dedication and loyalty to my volleyball club. I thought I had to work during the big tournament this summer and when I found out I didn't, I decided not to go because hanging out in a gym all day, for three days in a row is starting to get quite hard on me. And since it snows in Hanoi in the winter, I don't want to travel to Halong Bay unless I can go swimming in those emerald waters. Seriously, I always want to go swimming outside. I was raised in a place with many ponds and small lakes where we would often swim, and some deep creeks too, let alone Lake Erie and a couple of oceans. Pools are good for the winter but when it is hot outside I want to live in the water in the sun. 



So I suppose now you are expecting a tale about my trip to Halong Bay. My fairytales don't have such happy endings due to technology. In some ways it is a great help to us for information. I can look up what flights are available and for how much, and not be at the mercy of a travel agent. I can see photos of the hotels I select. I can keep in communication with hotels and tour groups. And I can apply for visas online much easier than showing up at the airport in Vietnam like I did years ago, fill out paperwork and get a visa on the spot. Except when you fill out a form in front of a human, you can get help and know what you did wrong right away and get it fixed.




I suppose by now you have figured out that I did my e-visa form wrong so I couldn't get on the plane and go. When I filled it out I couldn't figure out that I had to click on the pictue and replace the example with mine. I tried to download it with a copy of my passport photo page and it kept changing. It is just enough to drive one crazy. I thought I had done it right but I never received the visa, just got a message saying I did it wrong. I got that message after I got to the airline counter at the airport. On the e-visa website they were touting that this was easier than doing the letter visa when you arrived at the airport, which is what I did before and thought I still could do. The airline counter people corrected me of that notion. I stayed at the airport after correcting the picture problem, hoping to receive my visa by email but it never happened, even the next day. But nothing arrived before the last direct flight of the night. So i gave up and went home, poorer but wiser but still not so good with computers.


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