I got back from Singapore few days ago. To say the least, the trip came with lots of highs and lows but in all was very productive. Greatest down was definitely the getting there bit. 3 planes and 40 hours travel from Porto Alegre – Sao Paolo – Doha – Singapore. The second was that I was almost forbidden to fly out in Sao Paolo. I did not pass the security check.
Fatal question = “Sir, where do you live?”
It is indeed hard to answer that given I spend at most 4 weeks in any given destination since November last year. Luckily, I just received my Chilean visa, but did not pay the fee and thus did not have the stamp yet. Once I managed to explain that the next impasse was that I had a return flight to Brazil where I had no official business. Qatar would not let me fly as there was a risk Brazil would not let me return and I would be “stuck” in futuristic Avatar land Singapore. I needed an onward flight to ‘home’ where ever that may be.
1:30Am Sao Paolo Guarulhos airport. I needed to buy and print a ticket to Chile and print my visa acceptance forms which luckily Diego sent me a scan copy off some weeks back. To say the least it was a challenge and an expensive one to resolve but after 1-2 hours ordeal all done and happy days.
Well, not quite, it seems bad luck takes a while to wash off…security check wanted to search my bag and take me to the security room to bomb search me a little more. Pretty annoyed but luckily not too much time later I was enjoying Big Bang Theory on Qatar flight to Doha. Singapore was definitely worth the hassle.