A week ago Yoli and I finally traveled to Houston to do business with the Bolivian consulate there. We arrived Monday and stayed overnight. Our appointment was for Tuesday morning. We stayed at the apartment of some friends who also have two children.
We had three pieces of business we wanted to accomplish:
- Get a new Bolivian passport for Yoli
- Get Bolivian consular birth certificates for Jadzia and Ludi
- Get a tourist visa for me
Well, most of you know how things go when you have kids. We got a later start than we should have. And the consulate turned out to be farther away timewise than I had imagined from our MapQuest printout. We ran late.
But to the consulate’s credit, they didn’t put up a fuss when we arrived. They took care of all of our business, and we left feeling happy that we had gotten everything we needed. This was definitely a better experience than when we were in Washington D.C. last year and were informed they had run out of passports.
My visa cost $100, but is good for five years. I still maintain that this visa program will ultimately hurt Bolivia and depress the tourist trade. But they seem to be processing these visas in a timely and organized fashion, so kudos to them for this.