Renewing a Passport

My poor old passport expired at the beginning of April. I should have renewed it before, but the price of a new one proved to be a bit of a stumbling block! I’m sure a passport was about £30 when I got my last one. It’s now a staggering £120, roughly. In pesos that’s MXN$2,620 or about a week’s pay. I suppose they are going to blame the fact it’s now got an electronic chip in it of some kind, blah, blah, blah…

At least the British Embassy has one saving grace. That is, it’s not the US Embassy which always has a huge queue of visa hungry Mexicans and fencing and security which would have you believe it was a military base. Not that the British Embassy doesn’t have security, but I guess the Americans are just a little more paranoid. Although to be honest I’m not tempted to talk too much about security of the embassy, because at the end of the day they are the sort of buildings terrorists regularly target, and I wouldn’t want to give anyone a helping hand.

Still, I had all my documents, my new photos (that 11 year old snap in my last passport wasn’t too nice – although I did have more hair then!) and the cash and in exchange I got a receipt. I go back in a couple of weeks for the new passport.

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