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Monday, May 26th, 2003

Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

Travel Preparations

Busy schedule ahead

Srila Gurudev is sending Goswami Maharaj and me to South Africa next week. After South Africa, in July, Paramahamsa Maharaj and I will go to Turkey for at least a week, and then we will either join Srila Gurudev's tour in Italy, or go on ahead to Russia.

So there are lots of travel arrangements to take care of: plane tickets, invitation letters, visas, inoculations, etc.

I got my one-year multiple-entry visa for Russia today. I had so much trouble with my earlier single-entry visa in March, so I was pleasantly surprised to get my visa within ten minutes of handing in my papers and paying the fee at the Russian Consulate here in Kolkata.

I guess it was easier this time around because I obtained the Russian invitation letter before I applied for the visa. After September 11th, most countries now require invitation letters with all visa applications. I am waiting for an invitation letter from the devotees at the Sri Govinda Math Yoga Center in Ankara so that I can apply for a visa for Turkey.

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