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We got our passports back, American visa included!

After initially humming and harring about whether to bother getting our American Visas or not, I announced a few days ago that they had been approved. The next step was waiting for them to show up here in San Miguel De Allende, and hoping they got here before we drove ten hours away to the Coast, which would have meant a ten hour drive back when they arrived.

As is the norm, any anxiety I had about whether they would arrive on time or not was completely unnecessary as they showed up today almost a week ahead of schedule!

This means that we now have our passports and American Visas in hand. Sarah can only get a maximum of five years because Americans don’t really like Australians, but me being on a British passport means I get ten years! Yeah!

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Who is that handsome hombre in the photo? Es me and my famous upside down smile!

For anyone who might be wondering if you can apply for an American Visa from Mexico as a third party national without having a Mexican FM2 or FM3 (and lets face it, who hasn’t wondered from time to time), the answer is yes you can, and it is relatively easy. Just go to the following link and follow the prompts: American Embassy Mexico.

So what does all this mean? This means that our immediate and relatively long term future is likely to be played out across North America, Canada, and now, we have just realized potentially…

Hawaii!

It is extremely early days (like a year or two early) and our plans change at the drop of a hat lately, but now that we have these long term visas it means that when a house sit pops up in Hawaii in the (relatively) far future, we have the option to take it.

I never cease to be amazed by the opportunities this lifestyle unexpectedly throws our way. Once you make that initial change, the world just seems to keep giving you one opportunity after the other, until seemingly out of nowhere you get to live somewhere like Hawaii.

I can already see how it is going to play out. Sarah and I wondering around the Big Island, Virgin Mojitos (is that a thing?) in hand, watching Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore fall in love while George Clooney Sauves around in the background and a humongous Hawaiian man plays “Somewhere over the Rainbow” (love this version of the song RIP Iz) on an itsy bitsy ukulele.

Welcome to the new normal.

(disclaimer, I am barely able to maintain a plan for more than a week these days, so this could and likely will change. The point though, is that if we still want to when the time comes, we can, and so could you, but don’t because then it makes it harder for me…)

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6 Comments
  • Pennie
    Posted at 09:43h, 25 June Reply

    I have been following Sarah’s blog for a while and have read a few of yours but recently subscribed. So, forgive me if I missed one of your postings but I’m really interested in how you two came to get involved in the house sitting. I would love to hear more about that.

    I visited Hawaii a couple of years ago and it was wonderful. I hope you get to housesit there. I selfishly want to vicariously return through your adventures.

    Thanks, Pennie

    ps. LOVE this version of Over the Rainbow. IZ was great. I’m glad his music lives on.

    • booth_1@hotmail.com
      Posted at 09:51h, 25 June Reply

      Hi Pennie and thanks for subscribing. We had stumbled onto House sitting more or less by accident when we first started travelling but never really gave it a shot until some friends of ours (hungryescapades.com) got into it and we realized it was actually viable.

      Sarah has a select few which she uses (and which I can never remember), but basically if you type house sitting into Google the top few results tend to be the most fruitful for house sit hunting, and I think the ones we use.

      And you are most welcome to join us on the journey, the more the merrier πŸ™‚

  • Carmel
    Posted at 10:02h, 25 June Reply

    Awesome! Then I can come visit you in Hawaii because I’ve never been.

    My uncle Roy (the one with the cabin) played that version of the song at his daughter’s wedding. Pretty much everyone was in tears. Very beautiful.
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    • booth_1@hotmail.com
      Posted at 22:08h, 27 June Reply

      No worries, although at this rate we are going to have about a hundred people staying with us when we do get to Hawaii πŸ™‚

  • Patti
    Posted at 19:55h, 25 June Reply

    Congratulations! It doesn’t matter what the plans are, what matters is that you now have the potential and options. Hubby and I were married in Honolulu, way back in the day, and we lived just outside of Honolulu for a bit more than a year. We’ve visited Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. The Big Island is by far my favorite, with Maui running a close second. And yes, that version of Somewhere is incredible. Every time I hear it I have to stop what I’m doing and just listen. Aloha~
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    • booth_1@hotmail.com
      Posted at 22:11h, 27 June Reply

      Hi Patti, well now I know who to come to when it does eventually come time to start making plans (albeit loose ones), you can give us the scoop on what, where and who! Any plans to go back?

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