Preparation, 27October2003

So, it should be said i don’t believe in coincidence. In fact, it is my belief one lives their life as a voyager and the only way you can really muck things up is by getting in your own way. That is to say, as long as you don’t get any original bright ideas along the way, the universe has a great plan for you. (More on this at some other time.) This past week, the third full week of October 2003, with my itinerary set i went to the Zambia embassy for a visa to enter that southern African nation. It cost quite a bit of money, but then it is a nation where the mean salary range is around 150 dollars a year or so. While my passport was being handled i dashed off an e-mail to the Cape Towner’s asking they send a confirmation letter so i would be able to plead my visa case to the South African embassy more effectively. And i was in a time crunch somewhat because i wanted to get the visa for India also in the same time frame. Though i was going to be in New York City for a week and a half before boarding a plane to Paris on the 6th of November, i wanted to get as much done in along Washington DC’s embassy row as possible. New York is so-o-o crowed, so hectic; i needed to be as stress-less as possible. My only real concern for this trip is my blood pressure level.

Everything was done in a 48-hour period.

All praises due!

So the next day i go to a vegetarian festival on U Street and pick up a great little booklet entitled "Vegan Passport"put out by George D. Rodger and 61 other vegans & friends worldwide with maps by Jorge Hrothgar. This little booklet put out by The Vegan Society is designed to help one travel the globe without having to waste valuable sight-seeing or business time worrying about maintaining a vegan or vegetarian diet. The 38 translations – all by vegan/vegatarian native speakers – cover 90% of the world’s population. It is designed to help ensure that animal-free dietary needs are understood and met in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. A great little travel aid. The most helpful thing at the event was to hear the end of a talk by Dr.Samuel L. DeShay of Silver Spring, Maryland, who touched on hypertension. Aside from urging the crowd to put more bananas, figs, and almonds in the diet, he also mentioned a topical cream he has that is supposed to reduce the blood pressure. Of, course i got to try it.