When we cleared security we dodged rain drops as we ran to the main building to collect Cailyns' passport. It was quickly delivered to us through the bullet proof glass wall at reception. You know how the crazy prisoners get their food delivered to them through a drawer in their door due to the high risk of opening the cell door? Well, that's how we were given the passport. The metal drawer opened and voila..it contained a passport!! We thanked the consular services and boogied back to security, in the rain, to gather our electronics and head to the MHA - we were now over two hours late for our appointment!! We stopped in Green Park and picked up Poonam (our immigration liaison) and headed to MHA. When we finally arrived we went to the reception area at the front of the property. It had an unusual (awful) smell as we sat and waited. We heard the reception say that we were too late, no exit requests are processed after twelve noon. Shiza! Now what.... Poonam told us to sit and wait and she took her phone outside. A few minutes later she came to us and said "come". She worked her magic and got us in!!! We passed security and walked up to the MHA office. We took our seats by desk #1 and waited (again, another unusual smell). Soon after one of the office staff attended to us. We handed over all pertinent documents but had forgotten our marriage certificate. Oops... I flashed my wedding rings and said "does this count", he laughed and continued on. The MHA process was simple, swift and most important..completed! We really have Poonam to thank for making it all happen so easily! could not imagine doing this solo. We saw two Canadians there at the same time who were each alone, and quite frankly being completely ignored by the staffat MHA.
We are off to the FRO Monday afternoon, then Tuesday pack pack pack to go home!!!
|Hariz our cook demonstrates how deep the water is on our street.|
|Water seeps up to the front stairs of our B&B|
|En route to the High Commission|
|May as well take off your shirt.|
|We considered the Mobile Dental clinic but decided to keep heading to the High Commission.|
|This fanatic was trying to keep his car from having any water spots!|
|Slow going in the streets of Delhi.|
|FINALLY - a passport! One of the guards was happy to pose with the newest passport holder! (Notice he puts his arm around Mark and not me....)|
|Can you see the relief in my smile?|
|All tuckered out in the car after the MHA, but proud to show off her temp. passport!|
|Woo hoo!! Just a few days til I actually go to Canada!!!!! (in her rediculously over sized CANADA onsie)|
|The news headlines highlight the week and all it had to offer!|