A Travellerspoint blog

June 2004

Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

-17 °C

Ahh…The Passport…A lovely little invention that causes more problems than it’s actually worth. Although at the price of getting one these days, they are worth a lot. The expense and hassle just to get it is ridiculous. Mine came in without too much trouble. JD’s on the other hand, didn’t come back till about 2 weeks before we were actually supposed to fly out. And to top it off…it came back REJECTED. Now what? We didn’t have time to try to mail another one; there was no way that we’d get it back in time. It had taken months just to get it back in the first place. Thankfully, his dad lives in Toronto and there’s a passport office not too far away. A small bump in the plans. All we had to do was leave a week early, drive to Toronto and get JD down to the office to apply for another one. Hopefully by going right to the passport office it wouldn’t take as long for it to come back. So we packed everything up and headed out early. About 7½ hours later, we were in the big city, and promptly the next day Jim brought Jay to the passport office to fight the lines and lines of people. They told us that it should only take a couple of days if there were no problems. We were left hanging, wondering if we would make the flight. The good thing that we had to fall back on was that there was another flight a couple of days later that we could get if necessary. There was nothing else we could do. In the meantime, Jim took us out around downtown Toronto to show us the sights. Although I had been to Toronto a few times before, JD hadn’t and it was very different from our hometown. It’s much bigger and busier and there is a lot more to see. We spent a good 8 hours one afternoon just walking around. The rest of the time we visited with his dad and did a lot of waiting…Long story short, the passport came in the day before we were scheduled to leave. PHEW!

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