Angolan Visa Application Accepted!!!

20 Jun

Wooooohhhhooooooo!!! FINALLY!!! My visa application for Angola got accepted last Tuesday!
Now I feel like I’m (almost) back in the game again. For a moment there I felt like a spider floating in space…disconnected from my web.
Soon enough I’ll be back on the road again!! Yay! I am very excited to hit the open road again. Visa processing time is usually ten days so I should have it any day now. Fantastic!

On Tuesday I actually had some fun at the Consulate. I mean, it’s not like the first time I have spoken or seen these people. The woman that was assisting me (very friendly and helpful), disappeared with my documentation through a door to the back. On her return she was accompanied by the Head of Consulate (who can’t speak a word of english), with my mission letter in his hands. He looked at me and spoke really fast…all in Portuguese. I just smiled at him. The woman assisting me then told him that I do not speak Portuguese. He pointed at my date of birth on my visa application form. Then looked back up at me and stared at me, for what seemed like, the longest five seconds of my life. “What has my age got to do with anything”, I thought to myself??
He then gave me a broad smile and said something else in Portuguese, gesturing with his hands like saying: “Come on in”. The woman assisting me now played the role of translator and said: “He says: You are welcome to Angola”.

Fabulous! Muito Obrigada!!
The Head of Consulate then proceeded to tell all and sundry in the office about me and what I am planning on doing. I had to show them my route on a big map on the wall. One of the women said: “I’ll follow you on a scooter”. LoL. Great, now they’re even rallying for back-up!
I can only hope that future encounters on the visa application front will be like today’s.

Jolandie relaxing with friends, before the big journey kicks off again

What happens now?
Once I have my visa (which seems like it might be early this week), I’ll be on a plane back to Windhoek and my faithful bike Luna. I then have some Social Responsibility to take care of in Windhoek.
First National Bank, Namibia, is sponsoring the Namibian leg of my journey. In return I will be giving motivational talks at ten schools on my route. Four in Windhoek, six on my way North to the Angolan border. (Primary Schools)

I then have 30 days to make it to the Angola/DRC border, seeing as my Angolan visa is only valid for that period of time.
The break that I’ve had now (More than 2 weeks already), has also broken my momentum. I suspect I’ll have to build it up again. But not too worried about that. Keeping in mind that the roads have been superb thusfar. Once I enter Angola, it’ll be a very different story!

The adventure awaits!!

*Thank you to all the people who have jumped in and helped with: attaining letters of invitation, translating documentation etc. And to the staff at the Angolan Consulate in Johannesburg today. Because of you, I now can’t wait to enter Angola!*

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2 Responses to “Angolan Visa Application Accepted!!!”

  1. Motale June 20, 2011 at 2:56 am #

    Hello would like to know if i can join you on these trip….These trip look so interesting too me like you.

  2. Mwendo Denis Mugaba June 21, 2011 at 3:07 am #

    Thanks to God

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