My passport expires in a few week. And because I live in the UK I was concerned that it would be very difficult to get a new one. The German Embassy London provides the necessary information on their website. But that is unfortunately the only internet service they offer. I took me several days to make an appointment via phone because the passport section’s line was always busy. But in the end I was lucky and could arrange an appointment on Friday, the 8th of February when I wanted to visit London along with my wife anyway.
Having all the paperwork and the photos ready two weeks in advance I felt well prepared on Friday morning. But everything seemed to wrong thenceforward:
- We spend more than twenty minutes waiting for a bus in Cambridge which should have arrived after 5 minutes.
- We finally gave up on the bus and called a cab. But the train to London had already left.
- We took the next train which was running on time. But it suddenly stopped for several minutes outside of the King’s Cross train station for no obvious reason.
- When we finally arrived at King’s Cross we sprinted to the tube station with all our luggage because we didn’t have time to drop it off at the Hotel.
- Running all the way from the destination tube station to the embassy we managed at arrive there at 12:00 o’clock sharp when the passport section was about to close. But we couldn’t find the entrance. According to the instructions it was on the back side of the building. But all the doors and gates there were locked.
- We finally realized the passport section was in a building on the opposite side of the street. There was no flag or any other clearly visible sign, just a label on the wall. We were lucky and could still get in at 12:05 o’clock but the security guard complained that we were late.
- The trouble didn’t stop there. A suit jumped the queue at the counter and when it was my turn finally they didn’t want to accept my passport photos. I had to use a photo booth on site to make new photos according to regulations. And because I was exhausted and stressed out they look really grim.
The good news was that in the end they accepted my application and my new passport should arrive in a few weeks.