Monday, November 18, 2013

24 DAYS!!!!!

Things are moving along and I'm trying to NOT PANIC! We have ONE WEEK to get everything done and start our trek southward. I keep thinking of things to add to our To Do Lists and yet not much is coming off. Hopefully that will change in the next couple of days.

One major hurdle is done...we picked up our Pensioner Visas Friday at the Ecuadorian Consulate in Atlanta. It was painless...walked in, filled out our information forms, handed over our passports, documentation letters, photos and cash. About 90 minutes of wait time and we were done! What a pleasant experience and the staff in the Atlanta office were wonderful to work with. Kudos to Maite Duran and her staff for doing such a great job of facilitation for us.

When we arrive in Ecuador we still have to register the Visas and then we can apply for our cedulas, sort of a National ID card. The cedula will allow me to qualify for 50% fares on the buses and local airlines as well as get some of the taxes I pay rebated. Not bad!

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