Сегодня наши паспорты приехали. Спасиба за Виза Экспрэс! Было очень легко. Я болновалась, потому что на моей фотографмии я улыбалась и это не приятно для России. Не понимаю почему людям не нравится улыбаться... но я знаю, что иногда когда я улыбаюсь не можете видите мои глаза. По моему, мой рот не красивый без зубов! Итак, я играла денги и победила!
Подумаете...что сделает если Россия сказала нет и отказала, что нельзя приходить! "Покеда, Джеймс! Маршрут изменился!"
Я почти готова!
Today our passports came back in the mail. Thank you, Visa Express. It was actually super easy to get a visa with this company. We just sent them our passports, a money order, some passport pictures and *poof* our passports had visas! It was so convenient because there are 5 of us who needed visas for China, and I needed a visa for China and Russia. I was worried because I was smiling in my passport pictures and I know that is not cool by Russian standards. I don't understand why Russians don't like smiling faces...but I guess it is true that when I have a full smile on my face, you sometimes can't see my eyes. In my opinion, my mouth looks ugly without a full set of pearly whites! So, by sending them pictures of me smiling, I made a gamble and I won!
This was actually a legitimate concern on my part though. Think about it...what would I have done if Russia said, "no" and refused my entrance into it's country! "Buh-bye, James! There has been a slight change of schedule!"
With my passport in hand, I am almost ready to start traveling!
My name is Erika and I started my original blog, My Trans-Siberian Journey, to practice writing Russian and share my thoughts on Russian culture as I traveled around Eastern Europe, but now I have a new subject material: medicine. In this blog, I will explore different medical concepts, talk about my lab experiences and experiences I have with patients. I will also be keeping my readers updated on my progress as I apply to graduate school to become a Physician Assistant!
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