Planning to visit Russia? You need a tourist visa. But don’t let this discourage you. All you need is a few hours to get organized and a couple hundred dollars
Note: This is the process for Canadian residents. I’m not sure if the process is similar in other countries.
1. Book your hotel/tour in Russia (to get a voucher/confirmation/invite). If you want to be spontaneous, and don’t like booking things in advance you can get an invite from the consular at an extra fee.
2. Get your picture taken. You can get it at any passport picture taking place. Tell them you need a picture for a Russian tourist visa and they should know exactly what size you need. Don’t forget to wear plain clothing and embrace minimalism on your face and hair.
3. Complete the visa application. I would go straight to the source. You can go through a third party agency, but it’s cheaper through the consular. Be very specific and detailed. Gather your old passports. They want every single country you’ve traveled to in the past 10 years with dates. The more information the better. Don’t forget to print DOUBLE SIDED and sign in black ink. If you find you made a mistake after printing it, you will have to REDO everything! You can not amend in pen.
4. Get a bank draft or money order to pay for fees. It varies on the type of processing you want. Mine came up to $185.
5. Say a prayer and say good bye to your passport. Courier your passport with your application, confirmation, and voucher. Make sure you choose a courier service with a tracking number so you know your passport has made it safely.
6. You will receive your passport with your Russian tourist visa inside it. Now you’re ready to go!
I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but I’m a bit of personal finance nazi. I make spreadsheets for everything and I record every single penny I spend. A bit too much? Probably. But I like it that way
Here’s a snapshot of the expenses involved in purchasing my condo last July. I bought an 800 sq. ft. 2 bedroom 1 bath condo in the suburbs of a major Canadian city.
First month of the year is done! How did you all do with your resolutions? Here’s how I did:
1. Chai Latte obsession.
I only consumed ONE chai latte this month! But I ordered 3 matcha lattes to curb my cravings. Lol. I still have to learn how to make them at home.
2. 2 blog entries per month.
Pass! And I’m currently working on this months entries right now.
3. Food garden.
Well, it’s the middle of winter. But I did start pinning some garden tips on Pinterest!
4. Run a marathon.
I’m hesitating on registering for the Calgary Marathon because I may be relocated for work. I think I may register anyway because spots are filling up quickly. If I can’t race in Calgary, I’ll register for another race where ever I am.
5. Learn to cook.
I haven’t been cooking once a week. But I did cook once! I made lumpia (Filipino eggrolls). And it was kind of a cheat because I used tofu ground (I don’t eat a lot of meat) which is already seasoned and delicious. I added some soy sauce, sugar, salt and pepper and rolled them up. Easy peasy. But what I did perfect was my frying technique! I used a small sauce pan, heated a few table spoons of coconut oil on high, then brought it down to medium and fried (not deep fried) them up for about 2 minutes each side. They turned out golden and crispy! Yay me!
I have an online patient account with my orthodontist that I never logged in to. I logged in the other day and I found this animation of how my teeth/bite are being adjusted week to week. I thought it was pretty neat. I wish I knew how to paste it directly on to the blog, but I don’t. Click the link below if you’re interested in seeing it.
Happy New Year everyone!
I got hit hard by the flu during the holidays. That part sucked. Other than that, I had a nice visit home and got spoiled by my parents. The usual.
This is the first year I’m making New Year resolutions. I think goal setting should be a part of your daily life. But it doesn’t hurt to jot some resolutions down and look back on them in a year and see if I accomplished/followed through on them.
1. Limit myself to one chai latte purchase a MONTH! I’m addicted to chai lattes. The amount of money I spent on them last year is embarrassing. Notice I wrote down “purchase”. I’m going to try to fill the void by attempting to make them at home.
2. Write on this blog more. Props to you bloggers who keep up with a consistent schedule. When I started this blog, my goal was to write once a week. Big fail. A more realistic goal is at least two times per month.
3. Start a food garden on my balcony. I have a barren balcony I don’t use at my condo. I’m thinking a tomato plant and some herbs. I’m welcome to suggestions. Take into account I live in Canada.
4. Run a marathon. The distance is not the challenge for me. It’s training smart and not injuring myself. I have a problem with tapering. I just NEED to get in those extra miles before a race. It’s a mental thing I need to overcome. I need to learn to be patient and confident in my preparation. It’s a tradition that I aggravate my IT band during races. If you have any training tips to stop this from happening, I would love to hear them. I was planning on doing the Calgary Marathon but I might get relocated for work for 6 months, so I will have to figure out what race will work for me.
5. Learn to cook. Yes, it’s a big joke among my family and friends that I have nothing in my fridge. Except water and tofu. Lol. The key word is ”learn”. I will attempt to cook something once a week. P.S. Cooking is different from baking. I can bake. I can’t cook
And that’s that.
What are your resolutions?