The Honeymoon That Almost Wasn’t

The Honeymoon That Almost Wasn’t It is so important to have the right passports and visas before traveling. I learned that the hard way. It was a while back, but my husband and I journeyed to Europe, mainly Belgium and Switzerland for our honeymoon. I was a U.S. citizen and he was a “resident”, having ...

The Honeymoon That Almost Wasn’t

It is so important to have the right passports and visas before traveling. I learned that the hard way. It was a while back, but my husband and I journeyed to Europe, mainly Belgium and Switzerland for our honeymoon. I was a U.S. citizen and he was a “resident”, having recently moved to New York from Egypt. This was prior to 9/11, so that was not an issue.

As we traveled about, we found out that he often needed a visa to stay in a country. While honeymooning in idyllic Montreux, Switzerland, it became evident that there was a problem. He would need to travel by train to the border to get his passport stamped every few weeks. As a new bride and young woman, this was not the best situation; it meant I would be all alone in a foreign country while he traveled. Because it was necessary for our lovely vacation to continue, I kissed him goodbye at the train station and off he went to the border of Italy. He got off the train there and had his passport stamped, got on the next train back, and returned to me. To this day, Domodossala sticks in my mind as an unplanned honeymoon destination.

Oh yes, and our beloved trip into Paris lasted just one day, as that was the longest he could stay.