Bad BG, Part 2
|Art or just vandalism?|
|Sofia station, yet again|
AGS should really be called a "fright company" because it was such a shock when they told us how expensive it would be and giving them all of the documents is a nightmare as well! When we went to the notarius, we had another fright: both of the documents that AGS sent to me must have parallel English translations. Yes, AGS could have told me that, but yes, you guessed it: they didn't. This means, of course, that I had to get busy with Google Translate and then send the two documents from AGS to the notarius with the English translations. (So why can't the notarius translate them himself? That is a good question and I do not know the answer.)
|Yet another chat with the Microwave Woman|
|Such a comfortable chair too.|
After the notarius, we were able to go back to the woman who lives in the microwave oven. After lots of photocopies and a form-filling session, as well as lots of scrutiny of our documents, we were not given our new Bulgarian residency cards because the Microwave Woman's boss was away, so we have to come back tomorrow.
Pretty slow going, hey? Well, we simply must get our Bulgarian cards done. "Yes, but why?" I hear you ask. You cannot do much with one. You can use it as an identity card, but of course you can also use your passport to prove your identity. So why all this bother with BG cards? So that we can apply for our Russian visas! Yes, we can apply. We might not even get them, but our wonderful Bulgarian Residency cards will mean that at least we are permitted to apply for Russian visas. Crazy, isn't? All these documents and visits to the notarius and the MIcrowave Oven Woman, all so that we can go to Russia. Bizarre BG! Well, the Russian Embassy will not accept our application forms for the visas if we do not have BG Residency. It was much the same story five years ago, when we applied for our Chinese visas.