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Old December 20th, 2013, 06:06 PM
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It happens once a decade and I hate it.

We have to get new passports. Our February cruise will end just seven months before our current ones expire, so we'll have to get it done in March as soon as we get back. At this point we don't have any more international travel planned until a trip to Davos, Switzerland in September, but that's likely to change.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not like all the people who have posted here for ages who complain because they are required to have passports. What I hate is that for the first few trips after you get a new one you feel like such a rookie. All those blank pages, no stamps. Our old passports have character. They're showing their wear, they have visas on every page, and most pages have lots of them, crooked, sideways, upside-down, you name it. Some are stamped, some are pasted in, one takes up a full page and is covered in plastic. There are a bunch of security stickers on the back cover too, testifying that we packed our own bags and didn't accept packages from anyone on our way to the airport. The tattered booklets speak of a decade of globetrotting, and it's always fun to have history in your pocket as you travel.

The new ones will be sterile, empty, blank slates. Of course those blank pages do represent possibilities, and that's a good thing. So here's to six passports full of memories and a seventh asking, "Where shall we go next?"
The most dangerous man in society is the man who has nothing left to lose. -- Saul Bellow

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Old December 21st, 2013, 09:00 AM
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Think of the fun and challenge of filling the new one up.

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Old December 21st, 2013, 07:35 PM
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Angela beat me to it. Dang.

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