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My Cheerios just ain't the same

Bah, until about 5 minutes ago it looked certain that I would be coming home to get an Italian work permit for possibly as long as a month. I visited the honourary Vice Consul in Winnipeg twice, I sent emails to Melbourne, Toronto, Ottawa and New York, I was on the phone to Toronto, I even got my Mum to go to the Melbourne office (which made a lady there send me nasty emails), I made a real pain in the backside of myself, but nooooo joy. You can only get a work permit for Italy from your state of residence. No exceptions. I had tried to put a silver lining on this cloud: there is a nice shirt I left in Melbourne I could collect...

It now seems it may be legally possible to get expenses reimbursed on a tourist visa. This is good enough for me. It means I have to leave Italia after 90 days and re-enter, but this is also good enough for me. I think I will go to Budapest for a few days. Thus, it seems unlikely I will get to come back and see all your smiling faces just yet, but that will save me much money and pain.

I have made friends with a couple here who have a recipe for the legendary Kraft Dinner and who find my bitter annoyance at the word 'cookie' being used for biscuits back home very amusing (how did the term 'Anzac Cookie' ever become acceptable?). However, I feel less obliged to boycott anything with that word on it here. I have found Oreos to be good, but it is slight;y concerning that they contain no animal products what-so-ever. I would postulate this has naught to do with loving the animals and more to do with some slim economic advantage to be gained. Other products unavailable at home but constantly prattled on about in Yanky media I have tried are Cheerios (meh) and Count Chocula (also meh, but with strange marshmellow-like porous things in it).

Now it's time for the Paul Fraser Movie Review!
Pan's Labyrinth: Good stuff.

That is all.

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 8th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Another intriguing American product for you to sample is the disturbingly tasty (and poorly spelled) Cheez-Whiz, which is cheese in a can that you actually spray on to the biscuit. Oh yes. It's a pity you missed Thanksgiving, I believe you can get a chicken stuffed in a turkey then deep-fried. There are no words.

-Jodie x

P.S. I'm glad the visa stuff seems to be working out.
docmatrix
Feb. 9th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
Pests in Buda
Hey dude, life always finds a way to get around your troubles. If you believe a positive outcome will result, it usually does!

Interesting to hear you might be heading to Budapest. If all goes well with my planning, I expect to be in Italy around the same time you might be having to head out, and Budapest is next on my list after the Italian whirlwind. If you're after a travel companion for that part, I would be happy to oblige!

Pans Labyrinth is in Spanish isn't it?
paulfraser
Feb. 9th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Pests in Buda
Just give me a buzz when you hit Europe. I'm sure we can find an overlap. Do you have dates yet?

Yep, Spanish.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 12th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
Stuff and nonsense
Glad to hear you have reason to be annoyed, oh how I wish I was there and could join in your despair! Hope it all works out for ya, but look on the bright side, if everything was clockwork there would be no brilliant yarns with which to work. Anywho, if on the off chance you do make it back by say the 17th Feb, you are invited to my place to partake in the consumption of beverages in celebration of the fact that I am moving to the other side of the country, namely Perth where it is not necessary for a visa of any sort, at least not yet!

Cheers for now,

Chris Tatts.
paulfraser
Feb. 12th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Stuff and nonsense
Yeah, the Old Man told me you were moving off to Perth. Good work! Maybe I can swing through and visit one of these days.

It looks like I don't need to come home after all. Since I wrote the guff above, new issues have come up but have been dealt with, so all is good. It means, however, that I will miss your drinks. One can only hope Marcus will pass out in mid air again. In fact, it's probably a sure thing.

And yer right, without things going wrong there'd be nothing to whinge about and no stories to tell.

Best of luck with the move, drink a Swan for me and I'll hear from you later.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 4th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
A shirt in Melbourne? I thought it was a sh** in a slightly more northern city!!!
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