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Yesterday was a crazy day. Jo and I work up at 5am to make sure we could fit everything in… and that pre-planning really paid off!

Our first stop of the US Embassy to certify the documents needed by the Korean Government for to be married here. There are only a few, but it takes some time (and $90) to get the permission needed by Uncle Sam. Since we didn’t know how long this trip was going to take, I brought along my bag in case I’d have to go straight to school from Seoul. That made going through security a bit of a pain.

You see they don’t like cameras, computers, phones, or bluetooth mouses to go inside. Portable hard drives were okay (go figure).

Once inside, we took our number and waited. It was a good thing we got there early (Number 6 FTW!), for as we were waiting a ton of people showed up. Eventually I handed in my paperwork, paid my fees, and had a quick interview. Then I got everything back and was blessed by the good old USA to go and get hitched.

Jo and I had planned on this taking all day, but since it took just over an hour, we decided to head on over to her Embassy and get her paperwork certified. The bus ride was short and we arrived about 30 minutes later. We went inside, took our number, and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

After about 30 minutes, I prodded Jo to go ask to see when the person handling the marriage documents was going to come out (since we were first in line). They finally did and we handed in our stuff, paid our money, and waited some more.

It took a while, but we finally got her documents certified. It was a good thing too, since we had to book-it back to Dongtan for work.

As it stands now, we’re all set for the wedding. Probably the more interesting thing (for me) was the news cast. The announcer was doing a retro 1970s voice. It cracked me up!

What have y’all been up to?


Written by Steve Miller

February 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm

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  1. Dealing with Embassies, and Consulates and paperwork is a major annoyance! When I get a job I’ll have take the ferry across the water to Vancouver (the ferry ride is 1.5 hours, plus however long the bus will take on either side), then find my way to the Korean Consulate, get my visa, then come back. It’s going to be a long, sucky (and expensive) day! Can’t say I’m looking forward to it.

    Right now I’ve mostly been procrastinating on homework. 😛 The homework for this term is really starting to pile on, can’t ignore it anymore!


    February 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    • Yup. I was fortunate to get my E-2 before they required interviews. I can do everything by mail. It makes things much easier! I’m sure it will be a blast. Make sure to find out when your documents will be released. It may be a day or two later.


      February 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm

  2. Haha! I went to the US Embassy in Egypt at 8am (had to travel three hours to get there) and waited FIVE hours inside until anyone actually spoke to me. Then we had to wait another hour until they called us up again.

    Right now we are in the last days of his visa… just waiting for some military documents of his to be released so we can submit those to the embassy!


    February 18, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    • Wow! That is an ordeal! I am thankful that our trip was so quick (at both embassies as well)!


      February 19, 2010 at 7:00 am

  3. That is SO awesome. Wedding is getting close!

    Haha, ambassies can be pain in the ass. Canadian ambassy has been lovely to my French friend, which ahtes her own ambassy (as they are really pain in the ass) lol.

    Well, in the end you got everything you wanted and now the wedding can happen for real 😀


    February 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    • That is very true. A few more steps and we’re all done!


      February 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm

  4. Saw your video over at Youtube, good to hear that things are good to go for you guys! 🙂

    This week has been quite a busy week! Going to the movies, eating sushi with a friends, birthday party, Japanese class… And of course work 8am-4pm Monday to Friday 🙂 So, this weekend I am going to try and relax a little, rest my arm (got a little mouse-arm going on :/).

    Have a good weekend, the both of you! 🙂


    February 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    • Sorry to hear about your arm!!! Sounds like you really have been quite busy! I’m going out this weekend and then hoping to spend some quality time with Jo on Sunday (she is also going out with me on Saturday, but I like that private couple time).


      February 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm

  5. Aw, this was a really great post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get anything done.

    Li Shipps

    March 10, 2010 at 6:56 am

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