It’s been a while since I last posted on this blog. I still have so much to write about (Florence, Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Zurich, Lucerne, the Swiss Alps) but still haven’t gotten around to it. 😦
I was invited by my Japanese friend to visit the 2010 World Expo that was held in Shanghai, China. This was in mainland China so I needed a tourist visa to enter the country.
Applying for a Chinese Visa was quite easy if you don’t mind waiting. From what I remember I just submitted the application form together with the necessary documents directly to the Visa Center of the Embassy of China.
I first visited Japan as part of the Japan Airlines Study Tour back in the summer of 2001. It was a first of many firsts: first trip abroad, first trip without my family, first plane ride, first Visa, first taste of wanderlust. I was already a student of the Japanese language back then, having attended two semesters of basic Japanese, and I was beyond elated to finally be able to put those lessons into practical use.
Needless to say, I didn’t have any problems obtaining a Japanese Visa for this trip. Japan Airlines provided all the necessary documents I needed to present to the Embassy of Japan. In less than a month after I applied for the scholarship, I was on my way to Tokyo, Japan.