Carrie's Adventures

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Can you say OCD?

That's right, Obsessive Compulsive ~ I don't think I would have ever described myself as obsessive, but from the moment Akis received an email from the Visa Office in Rome requesting his passport so they can issue the Permanent Resident Visa, I have become a bit of a stalker.

The documentation we received from Rome was to send the passport to them within 30 days. The instructions were a bit vague, a photocopied letter with a mere sticker with Akis' file number on the top corner and an 'X' beside some text that said, please send in your passport. The instructions went on to say if we wanted to have the passport returned by courier we needed to send a prepaid envelope.

I was off to FedEx the next day with the passport in hand and off it was sent to Rome. 2 days to get there, and I was constantly refreshing the tracking on FedEx's website to watch it's progress from Vancouver, through Memphis, through Paris into Italy and finally Rome. The hard part was waiting the week for them to finish the visa. Figuring they would put the passport in the enevelope we sent and contact FedEx I checked daily only to find that there was no information on the package. Akis then received an email from Rome saying that the passport was ready to be picked up, and we had 7 days to have the courier come and retrieve the passport, but you can't come Friday, and if you come any other workday, come only between 2 and 4:30pm as this is the only time we are open to the public. Hmmm, so not only do I need to arrange for FedEx to pick up the package, because they don't seem to be able to call the courier, they have a combined total of 10 public hours a week. Almost as much as my billable target, but I digress... So after having to set up a FedEx account ~ this is the only way you can get a pick up ~ the stalking of FedEx began again.

Wahoo ~ package is scheduled to be here Feb 11th

In transit from Italy...
Wahoo ~ it's arrived and in the hot little hands


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