Oct '05 - Jan '07
Well we actually walked into the Chinese Embassy in London. Three radically different results. For me, it was not too bad, other than Americans and Brtis pay 30GBP, while *most* other nationalities pay 20GBP . . . so some bad relations and we pay an extra tenner. But who knew Japan and China were so cozy? My teammate Yoshi did not have to pay anything, and he got his visa back the same day. I had to return 4 days later to pick up my passport with a nice page full of visa complete with Great Wall of China icon. But the most f'ed up thing . . . Sara, from Iran was denied a visa on the spot. No ability to talk to someone, no ability to get her plane ticket refunded. Apparently, if someone from China invites her, then she can go. So she returned to the embassy with 2/3 Chinese people that we have in our class in order to represent her. Still no go. Really puts in perspective the current state of our world.