AtW #37: Never Lose Your Passport!

Never lose your passport: Picture of Dan and Moisés.

Never Lose Your Passport!

My guest today is Moisés Santiago. We touched on a variety of topics, including being a teacher in China, spaying your cat (not for the faint of heart), staying calm in stressful situations, and the importance of maintaining possession of your passport while traveling abroad. It turns out that both of us have had the pleasure of losing our passport, though his experience had significantly worse consequences than mine.

Moisés was an awesome guest and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation. Let's get right to it:

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Show Notes:

  • It has been a couple of years since China ended its one-child policy. Al Jazeera recently posted this update on the results so far. (Hint: more babies)
  • Kitten thinks of nothing but murder
  • I talked about how hard it is to figure out the captcha system when buying train tickets in China. This article talks about just that.
  • Moisés and I talked about the ridiculous rule that, when changing planes in the USA, you need permission to enter the country. In the example I used, if you're from Brazil and want to vacation in Spain, nearly every flight will get routed through either Miami or Atlanta. You're only going to spend a couple hours in the airport, yet you need to go through the entire interview process to obtain a US visa. I don't know of any other country that has this rule. For example, last year I flew from Beijing to Berlin, via Moscow. I didn't have a visa to enter Russia, yet I could transfer at the airport, no problem. And Russia is normally thought of as a very strict country with its immigration rules. This Stack Exchange forum explains the issue in more detail.
  • The TV show I couldn't remember the name of is Out of this World.

This is where I lost my passport in Tasmania:

Never lose your passport: Picture of beach.

Moisés lives in a hutong in Beijing. Here are some of my photos from Beijing's hutongs:

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Want more? Click for more of my photos from Beijing.

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