I had to cross the Canadian border today and I realized that the stamps in my passport are completely misleading.
I’ve only had this passport since last summer, but it’s gotten some mileage. I spent three weeks in that country I don’t name, two months in Prague, and went to the UK, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary.
What would you think I’d done if you looked at my passport? You’d think I’d worked in that country I don’t name (I didn’t–I was on a tourist visa this last time). And you’d think that I’d been to Germany twice, Poland, and Belgium.
(I flew through Germany on the way to the UK and through Poland and Belgium on the way to the Czech Republic.)
My old passport had similar weirdness. I went to Croatia a few years ago and did day trips to Bosnia and Montenegro. But, since I did them with a tour group, I don’t have stamps in my passport for either Bosnia or Montenegro.
It’s really kind of a bummer. I’d love to think that a passport was a record of my travels, but it’s not. It’s more a record of my personal interactions with border control. And that’s (thankfully) not a big part of my travel experiences.
Ah well. C’est la vie.
On a side note, it seems that Canadian border control thinks it’s weird to enter Canada alone to “drive around a bit and explore the mountains” for a couple of days.
Granted, it’s not the most specific of plans. And, yes, I am a weirdly antisocial person who perhaps doesn’t look the part. But it is what I plan on doing and that is what I’m like. So…
Well, at least they let me in.