Today we had high expectations. While we were going to the town of David, and we were going to go get 3 things done.
1. Get our multi-entry visa from the Immigration Office
2. Get our driver's licenses
3. Find a different medication at the pharmacy
Everything started out pretty good. We stopped at a pharmacy and found out that they did not have the medication we were looking for, but our son realized that they had a great toy store there, so it was still a good first stop on our daily adventure.
INext, we went to a laboratory to get an official document listing our blood type for our driver's licenses. The place was clean, the people were friendly and the wait was short. The cost is $13 each to get this paper and it takes about 1 hour for the document after they draw the blood. The technician that did the blood draw was great, neither of us really felt it and he was very quick. Our next trip was too the Immigration Office to get our multi-entry visa and come back for our results when we were done with Immigration.
We go to the Immigration Office which is in the same outdoor mall as the laboratory and everything seems to be going smoothly. They take our paperwork, they take our money, they take all of the copies of all of the documents, they take our passports....oh no. Yep. They say that it will take a few days to put the stamp in our passports, but not to worry....we will get them back. In the meantime, we cannot easily leave the country anyways, since we do not have the multi-entry stamp. I guess we could leave, coming back would be the issue. We still have our Panama Temporary Residency cards, but I will admit that I am a little nervous not having a passport. We are supposed to come back on Friday and HOPEFULLY if all goes well, they will have our passports with the new multi-entry stamp in them. Crossing my fingers!
We cannot do to the driver's license place without passports, so that will have to wait for now. We did go back and get our Blood Type documents and tried another pharmacy for the medication we are looking for, but it appears we will need a doctor down here to find a different medicine that is available here in Panama.
So, all in all, nothing on our list of 3 items was actually accomplished. :) Maybe on Friday we will have the multi-entry visa and the driver's license.....