Although I haven’t traveled around the world as much as I would have liked to, I can confidently say that London is one of my most favorite cities in the world. We used to come as a family during the summer time all through my childhood and I would spend my time feeding the pigeons in Hyde Park, acting like a brat in Hamleys, making regular trips to Alton Towers & Thorp Park, and acting as a complete fresh off the boat tourist in Leicester Square.
After moving here permanently about three years ago, I quickly realized that visiting London and living in London are two completely different things. Coming from a country where you can witness over enthusiastic salesmen fighting over their customers, it was slightly odd to see how life was completely different over here.
I recently had a panic attack one day when I realized that I haven’t really made the effort to travel around Europe while I have been here. Being a Pakistani passport holder, I have really been struggling with the whole Schengen visa thing. I did try to contact the French Embassy last year but was told that the earliest appointment I could get was for 4 months later. Let’s admit it, there are some of us who just aren’t organized enough to have booked their flights & tickets months before the actual trip and I’m definitely one of them.
I decided to call the Greek Embassy who then told me that the earliest appointment they could offer me was in June. After much consideration, I picked up the phone and called the Greek Embassy in Pakistan. They told me that they could give me an appointment in 2 weeks and that it should only take a few working days in order for me to get the visa. Pakistan Zindabad! As difficult as it was to control my excitement over the telephone, I remained calm and told them that I would like to set up an appointment with them. The good news is that my appointment is on Friday morning, which is when I land in Islamabad and the bad news is that I have a feeling they won’t be able to give me a visa in 4 working days but I have decided to ignore that for now.
Let’s just pretend that I have successfully gotten the visa already so I can ask for some advice. The trip to Greece is being planned for the end of May and we are having trouble deciding on a location. Athens, Crete, or Santorini? Any feedback would be appreciated!