Visa Difficulties Force Jolandie Home (For Now…)

7 Jun

Jolandie arrived in Windhoek in fantastic time – but since her arrival in this great city, her luck has rapidly deteriorated.

Windhoek Skyline

The first few days were filled with the necessities of life: food, rest, and washing. Then Jolandie made it a priority to visit the Angolan embassy in order to secure a visa that will open up the next stage of her tour. However, objections came thick and fast:

1. Jolandie must have insurance (an issue that is well beyond the ability of Jolandie’s budget).

2. Jolandie must have a letter of invitation from an Angolan resident or organization, inviting her into the country.

Jolandie's bike receives some care and attention

Whilst utilising all of her contacts to find an Angolan friend Jolandie managed to make the most of her Namibian stay. After having exciting interviews with radio station RadioWave and the newspaper The Namibian, Jolandie had a meeting with a potential sponsor and then she took her beloved bike Luna to Cycletec for some much-needed treatment. Of course, Jolandie made time to catch up with George – Iduka’s Namibian country coordinator.

Jolandie in The Namibian!

On Wednesday Jolandie managed to donate blood at a local shopping centre, she picked up Luna from the bike shop AND she managed to fit in an interview with the Republikein newspaper.

Jolandie gave blood in a local shopping centre

However, visa troubles continued…

Jolandie visited the Angolan embassy in Windhoek time and time again to try and sort the issues. On Friday she was informed that, on top of the other requirements, she would also need to apply for an extension on her Namibian visa. This is because the Angolan Embassy requires that Jolandie should have a 6 month visa in Namibia before she can apply for an Angolan visa.

Fed up and frustrated, Jolandie was forced to take a flight back to Johannesburg. She is now home with friends and family awaiting an invitation letter from Angola (to arrive shortly) and then it will only take ten days for the Namibian visa to be processed.

Jolandie’s bike and all her gear are still in Windhoek and of course, with her upbeat and energetic attitude, Jolandie shrugs this complication off as all part of the experience. Hopefully, she will be back on the road very soon and on her way to Angola.

Jolandie meets Caleb Thole, an Iduka volunteer from Malawi

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One Response to “Visa Difficulties Force Jolandie Home (For Now…)”

  1. Turyatunga Bob Maahe June 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Frustrations caused to Jolandie may affect the success of the iduka netwok groups and mission and this calls upon all the Iduka volunteers in Angola to immediately send the invitation letter to her in order for the Cycle For Education mission to be accomplished.
    Please, Jolandie, your courage in this should remain strong.

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