So we're a few steps closer to securing the visa!
We got the contract that I mentioned in a few other entries. It says that we promise to plan to get married eventually, and we must live "as if we were married" and that Alexandre's responsible for me if I do anything illegal in Brazil. It'll be good for 2 years, at which point we may have to get married for real. We joked that we should celebrate "as if it were a honeymoon," but then we just bought milkshakes instead.
But of course, when we took everything to the stupid immigration guy (described before.... the one with the gold chains and the limp), so convinced that we were FINALLY finished, he informed us that we actually weren't done, and needed more stuff from the US. UGHHHHHHH! His rationale? "I told you it was complicated."
Alexandre is much better than I am at not losing it with asshole people who get just a little bit of authority and go nuts with it, and still manage not to get any work done. I started getting lippy--"Well, sir, it wouldn't be complicated if you actually knew what--" but Alexandre talked over me to prevent any regrettable confrontations. We just have to suck it up and do what this guy says and proverbially kiss his feet until I have the papers I need.
Then we can slash his tires.
Although the timing isn't great, I've got to start planning my trip home, even though I don't know what's happening with the visa. I'll be there tentatively from Dec. 9th - Jan 3rd. Maybe Dec. 15th. Yay!
And now is the time that I ask for donations! Remember that your money goes much farther than mine does for this plane ticket. If you were planning on buying me a Christmas present, you can contribute to this ticket home instead. :)
Boo. I grew up on the border with Mexico. I'm not used to being on the expensive side of the currency. It's so annoying! But at least reais aren't pesos, right?
Mark your calendars!