The Case of the Geographically-Challenged Passenger (Reblog)

Original post was written on the 3rd of July 2010. I came across it while searching for a post that I have to submit as an entry to a competition. I’ve read this again and found it really funny as I can still remember it like it just happened yesterday.


in a normal, non-hectic Saturday at work

i would like to make a reservation please going to Brazil
me: ok, for what dates and do you have any preferred airlines?
pax: no, i just need the reservation to apply for my schengen visa
me: i’m sorry, schengen visa?
pax: yes, schengen visa.
me: you’re going to brazil right? brazil where rio de janeiro and sau paolo is.
pax: yes, my sister is getting married at brasilia
me: ok then it’s not part of the schengen countries
pax: what do you mean?
me: you cannot apply for a schengen visa and go to brazil
pax: are you sure????
me: oh yes, definitely.
pax: how come? i always travel and when i get a schengen visa i can go to any countries
me: yes, but that’s only valid for the schengen countries. schengen countries are in europe, brazil is in south america. it’s a completely different continent that you’re going to.
pax: oh! (still sounding a bit doubtful) ok then, i’ll just come back i need to double check with my sister.


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  • Michael February 12, 2013 at 21:55


    That is a big concern of mine with contact lenses. It seems to happen fairly frequently to people who have very good hygienic habits, like you for instance. haha Infections of the eye are obviously nothing to mess with. I hope that you find a solution. That is a difficult situation to deal with but if I’m sure there are some precautions that you can take which will make getting an infection again extremely unlikely. Good Luck. Michael

    • Pinay Flying High February 12, 2013 at 22:10

      I don’t really know how it happened coz i never leave my lenses on for more than 12 hours. So not sure what happened there.

  • Michael February 10, 2013 at 21:56

    So many people in the world don’t have a basic understanding of Geography.. Especially in the United States. When I talk to people sometimes and they will say something like “It’s way over there in New Jersey!”. New Jersey is only a 2 hour drive.
    My Bachelor’s degree is in Geography. It was not a good choice for a major as far as translating to today’s workforce but it was interesting.
    I haven’t posted in a while. I hope you are keeping your nose out of smell range of any stinky people! You made me laugh so hard concerning that topic. You’re so blunt and one of a kind. Hope you’re having a great start to 2013. Regards, Michael

    • Pinay Flying High February 10, 2013 at 22:15

      Well hello there Mister, good to see you back. In line with this subject, forgive me for what I’m about to say but I have actually noticed that among the Americans – the geography crisis. One time, someone asked me which part of Africa is Dubai and another said Dubai is part of India. I don’t really know where they get these ideas from but I think it’s so weird that it’s better not to have these ideas at all. Brazil was unknown to one was well, to think that it is just below the USA if you look at a map.

      Anyhow, how’s your glasses coming? I hope you already got the right fit.

      • Michael February 11, 2013 at 02:43

        It’s OK. You are accurate. It’s really bad. Geography is not taught in schools in the US as it is in most of the world. I have no idea why not. I think it would give Americans a much better understanding of the rest of the world.
        My glasses are much better. It took a number of adjustments to the nose pads to get the right fit on my big beak! haha They don’t bother me as much, but I am going to get contacts soon as well. I just prefer my look with no glasses. I hope your sunglasses are staying perched on your little nose. It’s unbelievable how having a “different” nose size or shape can make finding the right glasses so tough. Thank you so much for asking. BTW what is your name? or should I just address you as Pinay Flying High?

        • Pinay Flying High February 11, 2013 at 09:59

          I stopped using my contact lenses because I had an episode before when I got an infection on my left eye and I couldn’t remove it as it was really very sticky. The doctor told me not to use it for awhile but I ended up not using it at all. So now, I’ve been living my life with an eyesight only good up to 20-ft away. Farther than that, it’s just a blur. I must use contact lenses again. 🙁

          You may call me Pinay. :p

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