Thursday, July 08, 2004
My visa for the US was approved today after 3.5 hours of scary waiting interspersed with paperwork and questions – a pretty good definition of hell.
The whole room in embassy was filled with uncertainty and responsibility without control – the classic stress-inducing combination – with plenty of people being turned away ahead of us, computer malfunctions, and sundry departures from the stated requirements.
But I’m approved – it was great that Buendia was there as well – and now I just have to go back tomorrow to pick up the visa (the computer problems meant they couldn’t give it to me then and there).
Doesn’t seem quite real yet, but I’m in – and leaving next week for a new New Mexican life. Right now it feels like I’ve been flattened by a train, but I’m delighted.