Each time we have to extend our visas, apply for visas or apply online for any government-mandated process, we dread it. Often, the forms are confusing, difficult to use, and don’t save partially completed forms, although, on their website, they clearly state that returning users can easily find their partially completed forms. Ha! Not always the case.
Yesterday, we started the necessary process of applying for our e-visas for entry into Kenya on April 9th. On January 1, 2021, Kenya switched from the easy visa-upon-arrival process with a mandatory online application. With many of the questions translated from other languages, often the questions in the form are ambiguous and confusing.
But, the worst part for us, mainly me, who will do both of our online applications, is now using a Chromebook instead of formerly using Windows. With Windows, all I had to do was find the appropriate travel documents in a folder on my desktop and we’d be good to go.
It’s not so easy with a Chromebook, regardless of how and where I save documents, to easily find them to grab and attach to an uploader in an online application. Believe me, I know how to do this. But when saving the documents needed such as airline tickets, hotel reservations, copies of passports, and proper headshot photos, those documents I properly saved are often missing and I can’t “grab” to upload them into the form.
Yesterday afternoon, I spent no less than two hours in dire frustration, in the 100F, 38C, heat, and humidity, and will have to go back and try again today. Just now, as we speak, I looked for the documents and found them where they should be in the “download” folder.
But, I have no doubt that when I start working on the form again, re-entering all I’ve already entered on 10 pages, they won’t be there. We often wonder how less experienced users could possibly get through this process. Often, they have to hire a company to do this for them at an additional cost over and above the US $102, ZAR 1558, fee (for both of us) charged by Kenya.
Oh, I can’t wait to get this done and behind us. Tom, a less experienced user of Chromebook’s weird nuances, will be able to re-enter his personal information which was lost upon “save. Hopefully, after he re-enters it today it will all be there for me to log into his Kenya visa account and upload the documents from there also.
Talk about sweating in this weather! It’s only 10:30 right now in Marloth Park and it’s already 90F, 32C with high humidity, all of which is rising rapidly. It won’t be until after about 5:00 pm, 1700 hours, that we’ll feel the temperature drop slightly. Yesterday Tom read that the “wind chill” was 110F, 43.3C. We had no idea wind chill factors were considered for hot weather as well as for cold temperatures.
Last night, the air-con in our bedroom simply couldn’t keep up with the heat. It was necessary to also use one of the two standing fans in our bedroom, aimed directly at us. It never really cooled down much during the night. Even our wildlife friends stay away during the heat. They hunker down in the shade of the bush, close to water holes. It must be so hard for them.
Yesterday there was a Facebook story under Marloth Park Sighting Group, that was mind-boggling as follows:
|“Krishna’s Butterball (also known as Vaan Irai Kal and Krishna’s Gigantic Butterball) is a gigantic granite boulder that rests on a short incline in the historical coastal resort town of Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu state of India. Since it is part of the Group of Monuments at Mamallapuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built during 7th- and 8th-century CE as Hindu religious monuments by the Pallava dynasty, it is a popular tourist attraction. It is listed as a protected national monument by the Archeological Survey of India. It is best viewed at sunrise from northwest to southeast or at sundown from northeast to southwest when the panorama is bathed in magical golden hues.” Our guide explained that at one time, centuries ago, the locals tried to move this boulder using elephants but it wouldn’t budge. For more photos, please click here.|