YAY!!! I got it!!!
In one of our previous posts, Houston “Visa Run”, we explained the situation we were both facing with our visas. On Wednesday we had to wake up super early, but today we didn’t need to be at the consulate until 4pm. With only a few days left here in Texas, Catherine decided that she really needed to stay home. We needed to continue packing, and wrap up some last minute gift ideas.
Since I would therefore be driving to Houston alone, my Dad, Bryan, decided to join me. This would be a great opportunity for Bryan and I to spend some time to together before Catherine and I leave Dallas. We departed Dallas around 10:30am, hoping to get to the embassy a little early. I thought maybe if we arrived early, the Visa would be ready early, and we could get home sooner than planned.
On the drive, my Dad and I chatted about anything and everything. As we were driving we saw this large cloud of smoke, which looked like a massive explosion. As we got closer, we lost track of the source of the smoke.
Today was December 21st, the end of the world according to the Mayan Calendar, so I thought maybe it was something epic! But it wasn’t. It turned out to be just a huge explosion out in the forest near the highway.
We arrived at the embassy around 3pm, and they told me that the visa wouldn’t be ready for another hour. My Dad and I got back in the car and decided to comb the area for some lunch.
Nearby there was a deli called Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen. Neither of us had heard of it, but it sounded like a good idea.
This place is famous and the number 1 deli in Houston. I ordered the Philly Cheesesteak and fries. My Dad ordered the Fish and chips. After lunch it was around 4pm so we went back to the Korean Consulate.
We picked up the Visa with no problem and started our journey back to Dallas. There was only one problem: It was now 4pm on a Friday afternoon on the weekend before Christmas. Everybody and their dogs are traveling today, so we knew we were bound for some heavy duty traffic.
Along the way we had to fill up with gasoline a couple times. My Dad here, filling up the tank.
We had a great day and got to spend some quality time together, just the two of us. I was quite pleased that my Dad used his first day of vacation to ride with me in the car to Houston. It isn’t the best way to spend your day off, but sometimes the company makes it worth it.