So I have the trip of a lifetime coming up next week, 10 days in South America with my son. 6 days will be in Bolivia. I’ve been going my merry travel-preparing-ish way thinking that I will get a visa for Bolivia when I get there, that that’s standard procedure. Then I get a Lonely Planet guide and it says get one before you go. So I look online and everything I can find says get one before you go. So I start an application online, but I don’t want to finish it if I don’t know how long it will take to get to me. And I freak out. And I frantically text my son. And he says, don’t worry, you don’t need to get a visa, with a photocopy or screenshot of something that says you can get one when you get there as long as you have documentation of your itinerary, hotel reservations, etc. I hope he’s right. I don’t think he’s been there since the rules changed in 2015.

I don’t have time for this. I have a dissertation to finish editing today and another plus an article that needs heavy editing immediately afterward, plus four articles about dental anesthesia to edit, before I can even start packing, and I’m leaving Tuesday night. Freak out with me! Calm me down! Talk about something totally unrelated!