I can’t believe it, the government was efficient for once. I sent in my US passport for renewal on December 2 and got it back today, exactly four weeks later. Other than the rather draconian, off center picture that the lady at the acceptance facility took of me, I’m kind of impressed!
I feel like such a noob, though. My German passport, which I recently got, has exactly three stamps in it. My (new) US passport has no stamps in it. That might be good when it comes to immigration, so the US immigration
wankers officers can stop harassing me because I don’t have enough empty pages and perhaps will stop asking me how I can afford to travel so much (so many things I’ve been tempted to respond with), which might be a good thing. But at the same time it’s fun to have a full passport and occasionally thumb through it and look at all the visas and stamps. To put a slight twist to a Ryan Bingham quote, “to look at my passport is to know me.”
Anyway, having a new passport can mean only one thing — it’s time to go somewhere! Buenos Aires, Dubai, Dublin, Reykjavik, and Rio, here I come!