After nine days in Mumbai, we do not return home yet, but we will continue the journey to… Kuala Lumpur! After two years away from this city, we are now returning for the first time. We are both incredibly looking forward to this, if only for the food. I am already making a list of all our favorite coffee shops and restaurants. We will stay close to our old neighborhood, so everything is familiar territory. I think a lot of memories will resurface, and I certainly won’t rule out mild homesickness on the way back. Who knows, I might find myself crying on the plane writing a blog about how great it was. Actually, I don’t think so, because we fly at night. We can already prepare for a 13-hour flight from Singapore!
Back to India for which we had to arrange a visa in advance. Now there are really countless websites that can take this off your hands, including Dutch ones, but of course, you have to pay for this. If you do it through the official website, it will cost you $25. Compared to a Dutch commercial website, this will quickly cost €50. For an urgent application, you pay €17.50 extra. Besides, applying for the visa yourself is a piece of cake, but you have to take some time. Some of the questions we had to answer:
- Write down all the countries you have visited in the last 10 years up to a maximum of 20 countries.
- Where are your parents from?
- Are your grandparents from Pakistan?
- Have you ever been convicted of human trafficking?
After rechecking all our details five times, we could pay and wait and see. That wait didn’t take long, as within 24 hours, we received an email with our visa. This easy process is definitely not for everyone, and we should be very grateful for our Dutch passports.