Sunday, June 14, 2009
Getting out of here but buying the ticket is taking most of the time...
Ok, Japan is a very convenient and consumer friendly country, as I believe I have talked about a bit earlier (I can't be bothered to search for a link now, but I'm sure it's in here somewhere), but sometimes it can get a bit too much. Some things which are really really simple back home in Sweden can become a real chore here in Japan and I think the thing that most clearly illustrates this is trying to buy an air-ticket at an agent here in Japan.
In comparison, doing this in Sweden is a maximum 10min affair where more than half the time is taken up by the clerks giving you an attitude for not doing it over the Internet instead and saving them the trouble of actually having to do a little work. But doing it here in Japan is an extremely prolonged affair taking the better part of a day where things are confirmed again and again until you're no longer sure on what you're confirming in the end. And the clerks usually break out in a cold sweat when you tell them that you're not a Japanese passport holder and then they need to confirm again and again the visa requirements of the country in question (which you probably already checked).
Then, the inevitable next issue is spelling and order of the name, here in Japan things are much more simpler with people having one family name and one first name, which obviously means that their whole system is geared towards that. Then throw me into the mix with two first names, one middle name and one family name. Even though I have successfully managed to get trips booked with this countless times it always becomes a big issue and makes for another round or two of confirmations.
In any case, it has been confirmed now and the honeymoon is booked!