This isn’t my first visa run to Wellington. I was there in 2014 to apply for my Turkish visa (the Embassy of Turkey and most foreign embassies are HQ’d there). So when I planned to visit Switzerland, I braced myself for yet another day trip to windy Wellington.
To be perfectly honest, I was dreading the whole thing. My husband had to drive me to the airport at 530am to catch my 7am flight so I could make it to my 11:30am appointment at the embassy. I was scheduled for my return flight to Auckland at 4:10pm. I knew the drill, and was determined to make the most of my mini adventure.
Thank God for great weather, a warm jacket, the comfiest boots in the universe and Google Maps – I happily walked around the city centre with just my handbag stuffed with my visa requirements. First stop from the airport was a sweet little Vietnamese place called Ngon on Lambton Quay. Then I walked some 20 minutes to get to the French Art Shop on Ghuznee Street (stayed there for almost an hour).
With my new art loot in another bag, I strolled along the boardwalk, then decided to test my brush pens and new Art Journal on the gorgeous sea views. I quick-sketched for 10 minutes before I decided to hoof it to the Swiss Embassy.
The Swiss Embassy appointment was efficient and done in about 25 minutes – it would have been quicker but I think I am biometrically challenged. The machine wouldn’t pick up my thumbprints – I actually doubted I had anything on my right pinkie finger. Anyway, all done and dusted now. Whew!
As a little reward (as if my French Art Shop loot weren’t prize enough!), I popped into Trelise Cooper and bought myself a new funky pair of reading glasses (see above). My husband thinks I look like Brains from Thunderbirds, and my stepdaughter thinks I look nerdy in them. But I love them anyway.
The better to see my newly minted Swiss Visa with.