tevan alexander
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August 2, 2005
Dumb & Dumber (2005)
On the flight to Mumbai, I asked the man to my left if he knew of hotels by the airport. He listed a couple, and the guy next to him mentioned a couple more. I was relieved; I would have a place to sleep. I had the loperamide (stops diarrhea), ciprofloxacin (stops bacteria), and doxycycline (prevents malaria) pills in my pocket and coffee in my system. It's a no-brainer -- I was armed and fabulous.

After a plain dinner, I deplaned the plane and walked eagerly to Passport Control. The goal was to pass past Passport Control, but as I learned in London, they have no sense of humor.

"Where is your visa?" the agent asked me. "You don't have a visa? You have to go back." I smiled and said okay; either he was joking or I could call the US Embassy or STA Travel or...

Or my objections wouldn't matter, my questions would be irrelevant, and I would be on the next plane to Amsterdam, leaving an hour after I arrived.

What's worse is that I had to pay for the flight. What's worse is that it was expensive. What's worse is that they played Miss Congeniality 2 on both flights and I couldn't help but feel dumb and dumber for being subjected to something so cruel and unusual. Come on -- Regina King didn't have to wait to the end of the movie to to finally wipe off her sour face. She was in Vegas; her role was never the one back in Amsterdam.

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so what are you going to do now? that blows.

lindseylink to this comment
August 02, 2005 12:32 PM


blows is right! I'm going to ask STA travel what they do do as a travel agency besides doodoo.

I'm likely skipping india for thailand; I don't feel like applying or waiting for an indian visa. right now I'm just going to chill out in amsterdam; it's not the worst place to be stuck.


tevanlink to this comment
August 02, 2005 12:42 PM

Oh, Tevan, my boy, say it isn't so. Back where you started? Tell me you weren't in seat 39B! That would be just too ironic.

Kathleen - seat 39A Det to Ams

Anonymouslink to this comment
August 02, 2005 4:43 PM

oh no, man :( that's terrible. fuck sta, get lonely planets from now on; they tell you absolutely everything you need to know before travelling.

take care

Anonymouslink to this comment
August 03, 2005 6:28 PM


it's so, and I'm so so-so because of it. I was assigned to 14H, but I got to switch with 14I for window seat.

tevan - seat 39B DET to AMS

tevanlink to this comment
August 04, 2005 11:18 AM


I've been using lonely planets but I ASSumed STA would inform me about the need for an indian visa; they went ahead and got the australian one for me. they lose points but I'll take half the blame for not doing my homework.


tevanlink to this comment
August 04, 2005 11:21 AM

nooooo! that is so terrible! i am sorry tevan. viva amsterdam!

myshalink to this comment
August 05, 2005 3:22 PM


no need for sorry; passport control let me in bangkok today.


tevanlink to this comment
August 06, 2005 2:15 AM


update and new pictures please!


zillahlink to this comment
August 11, 2005 12:12 PM


as soon as you update your journal...


tevanlink to this comment
August 13, 2005 9:52 AM