So I decided that you, my faithful audience, might like to join me in my attempt to head back to Australia to see some cute people that I met the first time around.
Step 1: Visa
So I applied for my work holiday visa online about a week and a half ago through immi.gov.au, I have it memorized and it should probably be my home page at this point.
Well right off the bat, I need to get a chest X-ray.
I thought okay, no big deal.
but wait I have a list of like FIVE doctors that I can go to.
WAIT WAIT the one in pittsburgh wants $420 not covered by my insurance. LOL
Next option, Hamilton Ontario, Good ole Canada
Rise and Shine at 8(ish) am
We are on our way, smooth sailing to the border.
We get there and hit up the duty free to exchange (and part with) some $.
(the duty free is awesome for this btw no extra BS charges)
Smooth sailing across the border to the Dr Office,
when we get there the ladies already knew me because I had only called 24 times.
"Oh no, why are you smiling in your passport picture?"
Note to self (and note to you) the Australian Government doesn't like it when you smile in your passport picture, but the United States does.
By the time I got a new one, I wasn't smiling.
So off to the X-Ray place with a brief stop to get a passport picture/mugshot.
"Brief" however meant an extra hour and a half finding parking exchanging more money and getting 4 new passport photos.
Right as we were parking the Dr office calls me and never gave me back my passport, so after we get the photos it's back to the Dr.
Once we got that, it was down to the X-Ray place, which again parking was well, parking was just not there. A little smarter this time, I get dropped off and pop in there just before the mid-day rush. Who knew so many people get X-Rays.
20 minutes later and my chest is rayed.
Passport Photos, round one $10
$160, american exchanged to canadian cash
1 hour and 30 minutes each way
Too Smiley in my Passport Photo $15 plus 1 hour and 30 minutes
$4 for a 15 minute parking spot
When your phone switches to roaming so you have no GPS to get home, priceless.
No but really, it was halfway smooth sailing, despite getting the actual appointment with a Canadian Dr being American (this caused a lot of tears) and the passport photo mishap.
Crossing my fingers for good news and a Visa!