So we had our annual trip down to Jayapura for fingerprinting last week. I decided to take some photographs with my phone to give you an idea of what that means. I did not take a photo of the nasty bathrooms at the immigration office, however… 🙂
What happens is we arrive and our amazing MAF immigration liaison guy, has already done what he can to make the process go as smoothly as possible. So thankful for him! We sit on the plushy plastic couches that are made available for folks who are waiting. And in this country you do a lot of waiting so it’s always nice when someone has made the effort to provide a place for you to sit while doing said waiting. Then when things are ready to move along, we go to the first desk and sign a whole ream of papers. Once we’ve all done that, we move on to the second room, a teeny tiny space, where we will have our photos taken with a red background. Then we have all our fingerprints scanned, and then we sign on the pad. Then we’re done! Of course, when the usb cable connecting the camera to the computer isn’t working too great, the process is exponentially lengthened. Which occurred in our situation of course. Once all of us were done, we were free to go.
Then we hit the shops that only have branches in Jayapura, like Gramedia. It’s a book store but they have exercise equipment, sports equipment, musical instruments, school supplies, computers, printers, cameras and the like… Then we move onto the mall. There we visited the large supermarket and found a few items not available in Sentani. I was really craving some Lays plain chips. There are very few edible types of potato chips available here. Especially if you want some that don’t have sugar in them. So we looked in Jayapura and every grocery store that might have them between Jayapura and Sentani. We found 5 tiny little bags at the last store… huh… Anyways, after the supermarket in the mall we went to the new donut shop called J Co. Some of us enjoyed a donut and some of us enjoyed the frozen yogurt with fresh fruit. Yum! Then we start heading back to Sentani, stopping at a few important shops on the way home.
So that’s what fingerprinting looks like.
In my last post I neglected to mention that if you live in a place like we do, there’s a good chance you’ve never pumped your own gas…