Monday, February 6, 2012

Nightmare with Embassies + a MASSIVE toothache

Im not one to normally whinge about things- especially ones that are self inflicted (tooth ache Im sure due to my days of massive amounts of sweeten jasmine green tea) but today has been a haaaaag.

As no surprise. My travel plans have changed once again! I am now taking the Silk Road Route (well at least its planned that way). From here I have since received my Vietnamese Visa ( going thru Laos first but no visa required) and have spent the last week or so heckling with tour agencies (apparently required for some of the places I am going to visit). Today I got lost, twice and one thing you will learn quickly in Thailand is English is seriously scarce. My first stop was the Uzbekistan Embassy to which my reply was "you need to call a travel agent"... so taking an hour to get there I left there 5 minutes later. I walked to a train station, passing a man selling crickets to eat (yum! almost tempted) and went onto the Kazakhstan embassy... which I didnt find and got lost thanks to bad directions... hahaha... so picture this. Andulairah long black hair matted to my arms back and face in the glorious Bangkok heat and humidity, walking around in circles trying to find this embassy by 12pm (I arrived there at 11:50am).
I gave up after haggling with some security guys at the Qatari embassy and went back to the hotel via  MRT train (metro)

Today was my first day on the train metro and surprisingly it was very efficient and quick. Much more quick than I could have imagined. Ill probably be doing that more often now.
Upon arriving back, I called these travel agent and I could travel around the world twice with the prices they were quoting me to helping me 'find hotel, visa etc etc' in all the 'Stan countries... Feeling defeated, I  did what I knew would be best... taking it country to country, and matters into my own hands.  And adding to my new fervour I found the most AWESOME website documenting every 'Stan country I am going to go through and doing it on your own terms instead of thru zealous travel agencies!!!
BTW  wish me luck, I have yet ANOTHER dentist appt tomorrow to get a tooth pulled out AGAIN. My back molar is just out of control screaming in the back of my mouth wanting to come out. [Last video (The Heart Code) shows how swollen my cheeks were from the first one hhhhh]


  1. why is traveling to damn wish there were no visa and all this crap..

    anyway..good luck for your travels ahead :)

    Much love x

    1. I agree sweety- wish it was like the good old days without all this whohaaa and drama at the borders... but theres not much we can do about it... thank you for the well wishes!! xxx many blessings and love xx

  2. Good luck with the dentist. How's the spot where the tooth got pulled? The aftermath feels kind of frustrating, right? The body barely has any energy after the tooth extraction, and it takes a while before you get to chew again. Still, getting the bad teeth removed is much better in the long run.

    -Fred Collinsworth

    1. well surprisingly, I got two teeth pulled an hour ago in less than 30 mins- I couldnt believe it!! I would much rather put up with the pain of having the tooth pulled out rather than that drawn out long tooth ache pain from eating food. I am still drugged up right now, so Im not feeling anything... yet... whats more is that I am getting 5 hours of tattoo work done tonight... so the pain threshold is going to be interesting later tonight hhhh