As I prepared to leave Eugene, I gather up my passport a day before I left. Wow. As I looked at the picture on that passport, I saw myself, or a picture of a man 10 years younger than I am today and pretty handsome I might add.
Chris and I realized that my passport expires on June 10, 2003 – Opps. One should travel with a passport that has at least 6 months of validity left. That could be a problem, but I am still going. What can I do.
It reminded me of that commercial where the president of the “Hair Club for Men” says,
“I am not only the President, I’m also a client” while a picture of a man with no hair is next to another picture of the same man with a full head of hair.
Fast forward to immigration at Denpesar airport in Bali…
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The immigration lady told me that my passport has a problem and brought me to the “back room” to discuss it with her supervisor.
I knew at this point that the 6 month passport thing was going to be a problem, and the supervisor confirmed that. He offered me a “solution” while gently waving his hand in a take from me to him motion.
Hmm, my 1st offer was $20. He laughed and said it is not nearly enough. I ended up paying $50 for the solution to my problem.
Thank you Mr. Supervisor. I was estatic and compared it to possible experiences in other countries where the immigration folks might not bend and send me on a plane back to Taipai.
I had experiences like this before in Asia before. It did not bother me at all. I think Nick was more disappointed that I had to pay it. I call it a fair price for not planning.
(Travelers – Don’t worry. This will not happen to you if you have all your ducks lined up. Learn from my mistake!)