Today was my appointment at the French consulate.  The actual event was, well, uneventful.  The real problem was getting there.  Thank heaven I don’t have to drive far to work everyday, i’d have to kill somebody at least once a week to relieve the stress.  I left at 7:55 AM and managed to drive 67 total miles in a whopping 2:35 minuets.  That’s right, it was about 10:30 when I arrived at the visa office.  I was terrified that they were going to tell me that I would need to make a new appointment or that I’d have to wait for hours before they’d see me.  Not true.  I had all the necessary docs and copies of docs I needed and I was only there until about 11:00 AM.  How much was 1/2 hour parking?  $6.00 US dollars or $2.00 for every 12 minutes or part thereof.  In 3:16 I could have caught a nonstop Paris to Amsterdam train, Milan to Venice, Rome to Bologna, etc.  Point is, instead of driving 67 miles, I could have traveled about 300 miles.  Anyway, I was pretty shaken when I got there but all went well.  How long did it take me to get back down to the OC?  1 Hour!  Commuting hours must be hell for the poor fools who have to drive on the 5, 55, 405, 10, 110, 710, 91 Freeways.  Please don’t make me go back!

Published by elliemulet

I've been traveling for over 35 years. Culture, food, photography and art motivate my travels. Where to next?

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