Almost Fearless

Random Texts: Drew Takes the Kids on a Visa Run

I just want to document this somewhere so you can see what my husband does to me. Sunday morning he left with our friend Diego and the two kids to drive down to the Guatemala border for a visa run (never mind that Stella is a Mexican citizen, we’re still sorting out the legal process with residency). Internet is not great in Tapachula, Mexico, where’s he making the crossing, so he sends me sporadic updates. Then I get this one:



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Let’s see… border town, a guy on the street jumps in your vehicle, claims that for $16 USD he can update your visas on your three American passports… without even crossing the border. There is zero way this is legit. I respond:


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Drew is not flustered by my demands. He’s got it covered:

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They took a photo on their phone of his “credentials” which I am sure will help the Mexican police chase that guy down as he gleefully runs through the streets waving our passports overhead. “Yes, officer, so this guy said he could illegally update our visas for $16 dollars, and then it turns out he tricked us and stole our passports!”


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I mean seriously. What can I do? I’m siting there in Oaxaca about 12 hours of driving away and Drew’s hell bent on taking our babies on some kind of adventure that involves getting robbed, swindled and/or deported. Fine.

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Radio silence. Two and half hours later he sends this picture:

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He is killing me.


UPDATE: Diego weighs in:

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I’m sort of impressed the guy went to the trouble of laminating it.

Christine Gilbert

I’ve been dragging my husband around the world since 2008 always with the promise that, “Yes, Drew there will definitely be hammocks there.”


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