I’m sure you’ve noticed the absence of new posts on my blog. Aside from the fact that I’m now starting to vlog, other life things have been getting in the way… Mostly travel things. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know all about my French visa dilemmas and the constant stress of this Eurotrip planning.
You’re probably wondering, “It’s just a Eurotrip, why are you so stressed?” and to be honest, it’s because I’ve also been planning to do a language buddy homestay program in France after the Eurotrip with Gab. I never really talked about this part of my plan because I wanted to make sure it was do-able. So aside from planning a one month trip around Europe, I was also planning my homestay — and then to make things even more stressful, I experienced my NBI clearance getting delayed, hence my visa interview getting pushed back which resulted to a domino effect of my passport getting wet during a trip to El Nido, having to wait days to get it replaced, finally applying for a Type D French visa while the agency hasn’t given me my family, ultimately leading to my visa getting denied and then re-applying but for a Schengen visa this time only to realize I was missing one very important requirement (Attestation D’accueil — a formal certificate from the city hall of the city where my host lives) that needed to be snail mailed to me because the embassy requires an original copy. Obviously there wasn’t enough time for this because I actually just got my host family last week! So, you can say it’s been a pretty crazy September. I don’t remember a time where I cried this much in an entire month, quite honestly!
Everything else with my Eurotrip planning is falling into place, to the point where even certain companies and I have come to an agreement to work together on this trip! Everything is going great, except for the most important thing: the Schengen visa, which ultimately determines if I get to go on this trip or just tour the UK for one entire month; which, hey, isn’t so bad! It just wasn’t my ultimate goal.
I’m usually a very positive person, but when my visa got denied, it took a long way down and the harder I fell. It really traumatised me. And then it angered me even more that just because of circumstance of being a Philippine passport holder we have to work hard to prove we have no intentions of illegally living abroad, and that we travel for travel’s sake. I guess it was also silly of me to be overly positive and confident that my visa would get approved. It’s just I let myself believe what everyone was saying, that being granted a visa now would be as easy as 1, 2, 3 because I’ve been granted a Schengen before (and by the German embassy at that — one of the toughest) and I currently have a valid U.S. and U.K. visa — but NOPE. I read another blog who was in the same situation, and her Spanish Schengen was denied too. So, you can see where the constant worry comes from.
Anyway, I’m just grateful I have my U.K. visa and I’ll still be able to visit next week. If anything, I can use the money I saved up to go to the U.S. instead. Maybe see New York? Who knows? I can go anytime with my 10 year visa. There’s the silver lining in all this. I just have to keep remembering that despite not getting what I want, my situation ain’t that bad.
How’s everyone doing this week? I’m genuinely curious. I need to get all this travel stuff out of my head. It’s driving me nuts!