On Monday, I went to the U.S. embassy, as per my appointment. The building was heavily guarded, with barbed wire and sharpshooters on the roof. I had to buy new passport photos, which was easy, because there were many copy shops outside selling photos and copies.
Pau waited outside while I went into the embassy. I had to show a confirmation of my appointment and driver's license to the security guard, along with confirmation of my appointment. Good thing I'd gotten it back from the cop.
Inside, there was a metal detector and second security guard. He was Colombian, and I spoke Spanish with him. He took my ID and gave me a number. But while filling out my application, I was asked for my ID again so I had to go back to the metal detector and get it.
You have to hand it to America: they take care of their citizens. The application process was easy (though it did cost $135). They said my passport would be ready in 10 days, unless I was departing sooner, in which case they could rush it. I was ready to depart ASAP, but didn't have a plane ticket to show for it. It didn't seem right to forge one in this case.
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