Arrived in Bangkok yesterday. After experincing the apparently usual traffic jam, I finally got to the Myanmar Embassy, only to be confronted by a line up. Burma is the Number 1 destination in the world at the moment. The Myanmar Embassy, in Australia, is currently processing 2000 visa applications a week. So for those who are travelling there, I can only strongly encourage you to put your application in as soon as you have your flights booked. Lucky for me my hotel was just 4 blocks away, so i checked in and spoke to the concierge about helping me see if there were anyways around going and waiting at the embassy. Within 30 minutes, my application was picked up by an agent, with the advice that i will get it on Monday afternoon. I hope all goes well.
Ok, as most of you know I am still pretty mobile as far as my Parkinson’s is concerned and only under certain circumstances do I use it to get around certain thing. Well my flight from Brisbane to Bangkok was a midnight via Singapore and i had a relatively short period to transfer between flights. Knowing i was struggling a bit with my movement pre-morning tablets, and that there was a possibility that i would have to walk some distance to get to the next gate, i spoke with the flight attendants who arranged for me to be met at Singapore airport and taken to the new gate to ensure i would get there. As always the Singapore airline staff can not be faulted, however not all could be said for the Changi Airport Staff who i was handed over to. Basically she walked me up the gang plank, pointed to the hand luggage trolly and gave me the gate and terminal number and told me the direction. Ok so I was a little more mobile then i thought i would be, but all i could think about was – for those where this disease affects them more, how do you deal with something like this. Where there is very little people about – because you are last off the plane, you voice no longer carries as well as it did. Thankfully i didn’t find out this time and hope that a little more pre-planning on my behalf will circumvent anything like this happening.