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Things are lookin' good at the US Consulate in Guayaquil...

A couple of years ago, we wrote about our awful experiences involving getting a couple of docs notarized at the US Consulate in Guayaquil...


Well, we had to go again last week and did not look forward to it at all...


Surprise!  Surprise!  We have good news!  Everything that we bitched about last time has been improved way past any recommendation we would have made! 


The reservation process was good as usual...no waiting for us...


We arrived a little early for our appointment, 'cause, if we don't get lost in Guayaquil, we can't find parking.  This time we went right to the building, parked in a parkedero down the block, walked up to the building...saw the long line for Ecuadorians, and no waiting for US citizens...


We think it would be nice to have a better way to treat the citizens of our host country, however...

Since we had Coquita, I went through the double checks with all our papers, went on up to the waiting room 20 minutes early.  I figured that I would just have to wait until my time came, but, yippee, they called me in a couple of minutes.  A really nice lady took a look at our papers, said they looked fine, and to wait to be called to sign them.  I figured that this would be the time that the papers fell into the swamp, so I sat down for what would probably be a long wait.

I talked to a nice bunch of gringos while I was waiting.  I also noticed that the furniture has been very well up-graded.  There are fewer posters on the wall telling you that you will go to jail if you misrepresent any item on you passport app, etc.  And,  there are some nice scenes instead.

But the best news was that my name was called in no time...all the docs were in order, and I signed my name, and hot-footed it out of there to change places with Rox, who was holding Coquita.

She was up and back in about 15 minutes, with all the docs and our passports in her hand!

So...to all of you folks who work hard at the Guayaquil consulate, kudos to you all!!!  Thanks for doing such a good job!



Posted on Sat, August 18, 2012 at 03:32PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments1 Comment

Reader Comments (1)

I park in the Hotel Oro Verde parking structure when I have to visit the Consulate. Then I treat myself to a nice meal in the hotel restaurant afterwards.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChuck Watson

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