Our visas have been approved – hooray! Actually not too tricky of a process… but a little pricey. We bought letters of recommendation from a company in Thailand (I think the company is called Sun Belt Asia), $150 apiece. I don’t think you necessarily need these letters, but supposedly it really speeds the process along… especially when you’re trying to get a long-term visa (in our case, for a year). We sent these letters plus our passports and a simple one-page visa application form along with $175 per application to the honorary Thai Consulate in Houston (Sun Belt Asia recommended this consulate). They processed our visas within a day, but we forgot to send self-addressed pre-paid envelopes for them to mail our passports back, so we have to wait a little longer until the visas are actually in our hands.
Next up on the list: storage, plane tix, and immunization shots!
…on a kind of sadder note, I found a new home for Mister Kitty. He’s been my companion for 5 or 6 years now, and I’m really sad to see him go – but it’s for the best. He’d be miserable if I tried to drag him to Asia with me. I’m happy to report that he’s doing really good in his new home!