TwasHE beauty with Vienna in Austria is it surrounded by different countries. Time when we would first have to secure various visas for every country around Europe. I had to apply for 12 in 1992. Even with one, Juan was not guaranteed entry. Juan being a Filipino was given more attention to say the least.
I will not place blame on any Juan. For obvious reasons a lot of Filipinos have found new lives to live in many of these countries. Some illegally, most legally. Today I have noticed that Juan is well placed from authorities. Apparently Filipinos are perceived to be the better "aliens".
Around the world today, Juan sees Juan as a traveler and tourist. Juan seems to be found everywhere. Especially in tourist spots and shopping centers. Now also foodies, where the good food is. Indeed we are the better Juans.
Juan considers traveling as a privilege, it is, it costs. Still, Juan does. It is also because travel may be easier, accessible and cheap. Borders too are now boring. Upon entry to Singapore I was greeted by 2 machines. 1 to check my passport, the second to confirm my thumbprint. That was it. In and out of Vienna to 6 different countries in only a week of travel, we crossed various borders, almost every day that 1 week. Upon entry, we would park at a gasoline station and buy a sticker. Yes a sticker that is placed in the windshield. Before placing, the date is written, just that and in we go.
I would remember when we would line up our vehicles along various gates and passports were all checked. Surely some nervousness. Anxiety always. What ifs. Mostly some stare down from the guards and some awkward smile from Juan.
Securing an Italian visa was the worst. I won't explain much from the experience but it was less memorable, the reason why I don't have to share it, I forgot about it already. Still upon entry to Milan in Italy, Juan was out of the Immigration in a few minutes, not 5. This time I failed to notice how beautiful the Malpenza Airport is.
Once in Seattle, we happen to find the Canadian Embassy. We enter, we inquire, we get some forms, an interview, we get 1 week. We drive through and are welcomed with open arms.
I love airports around the world. All beautiful, each with its own distinct beauty. Maybe "aliens" find ours too. I don't know. Surely some exotic feel to it. Maybe. Our Immigration is also distinct, I will not explain further again, Juan