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Note No. 10

June 28, 2008

I got my visa. Finally. I went in Wednesday and just like that, without any of the drama that was required to get it, she goes, “Here’s your appointment. Bring your photos.”

“So I’ve been approved?” I ask excitedly.

“Yes,” she replies, conceding a smile.

“Finally! That’s so exciting!”

And she smiles again. Twice in one minute and from an immigration officer? I consider myself doubly successful.

So there you have it: five months, 17 days, two attempts and one trip to Miami later, I am finally going to get the documentation I need to legally live and work here — til next year, that is, when I have to go through the whole process again. The first time is the hardest, though, is what they say. After that, it’s as easy as pushing Copy on your printer 73 times.

In other paperwork news, we finally have our business license and have opened doors again. The occupancy permit has been approved and is waiting to be paid and picked up, which I will do Monday. We have a sanitary license. We have a tax number. We have an accountant. The only thing we don’t have this very moment is guests, but they are coming again starting tomorrow.

Of course, if any of you want to come, there will still be a few beds open and waiting.

Besos from abroad, Margarita

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