We went to apply for our Russian tourist visa today. This is the first time in my adult life applying for a visa to visit another country. Luckily for me, I picked a country with a rather complex tourist visa application process, especially for a US citizen. They practically asked for a blood sample. It also cost me ¥10480, but I’m not sure if that’s because I’m applying for it in Japan or if that’s the cost in general for a US citizen. KS didn’t have to pay a dime. I hope we get it!
Waiting for our Russian visa…
N and I are leaving our home of 10+ years tomorrow to travel to our home base in Tokyo before we start our RTW travels. I’ve been feeling a conflicted jumble of emotions during my last week here with the people we love. It’s been great, guys. Thanks.
The unseasonably warm 80 degrees yesterday got me thinking about the fast-approaching summer. Every sweltering weekend, hundreds if not thousands of New Yorkers escape the stagnant heat in the city and head for many of the local beaches in the area. Non-locals don’t know that there are a number of decent beaches within training/driving distance of New York City proper.
I’m a big fan of national parks. I think it’s wonderful that our hard earned tax dollars are spent on preserving and maintaining the beautiful natural resources that we’ve been blessed with in this country. According to the National Park Service website, there are currently 58 National Parks in America. In 2012, there were over 270 million visitors to the national parks. We were two of those two hundred and seventy odd million visitors.