Standing taller and grander than the other embassies, the US consulate is hard to miss. I arrive at the gate and was stop by a security officer. It was then, I realised how tight the security is at the US Embassy.
After going through layers of security checks, I finally made my way to the room where my visa would be approved. Inside, everything moved a lot faster. And I was out of the building within 30 minutes.
I thought the process would require me to travel a lot deeper into the building but it felt like I was barely into the building. Again, a reflection of how guarded the US Embassy is.
The whole experience felt surreal. Like I was entering a top secret place. America is an enigmatic place to me and this mysteriousness is reflected in its embassy as well.
On the outside, the security front remains cold but professional. On the inside, the warmth of the staff there could be felt through their guiding voices for a lost sheep like me. I hope America would be like that, cold on the outside, warm on the inside.
Moreover, it was also this whole process of getting my visa approved that made me realised that I am really studying abroad. I am going to leave this country for 4 years at least, to a land so far and foreign to me. They are so many fears and no amount of time can psychologically prepare me.
I hope all will be well eventually.