The Adventures of Marianne

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Entry Denied

This weekend, 7 of us decided to take a spur of the moment trip to Batam and Bintan in Indonesia. Unfortunately, we assumed that obtaining visas upon entry would not be a problem.

In Indonesia, however, while they grant entry without visa to Morocco, Peru, Oman and a few more nations, Ireland, Belgium and Mexico are not eligible for visas upon entry. Am I the only one that finds this strange?

So, to make a short story even shorter; the end of the beginning of my story of an Indonesian adventure is that shortly later, Seba, Pedro, Sean and Tony were led into a makeshift holding pen, and then sent on the first boat back to Singapore.

Hence, this weekend consisted of Christine from Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Dan and myself. I still really enjoyed the trip, though - despite the fact that the deportation of our friends put a bit of a damper on the first night. Reports from the ensuing adventure will follow shortly.


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