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Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 11:54pm On Oct 30
So, our Shengen VISA dropped last friday, and I just sorted out the tickets, hotel, airport pickup ride and all.
Plan is to have a baecation in 4-5 cities in 3 or 4 countries, or just stay in one throughout the period. Lol
Fact is that winter is already kicking-in most of the Western nations, so being on the road constantly won't be much fun.
Lagos- Amsterdam- Frankfurt- Milan- Rome- Paris- Lagos on the radar. So help us, God!
Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by demospain(m): 10:36am On Oct 31
Dont forget to visit us in Barcelona as well.we have good weather with alots of tourists attractions grin

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 1:29pm On Oct 31
demospain:
Dont forget to visit us in Barcelona as well.we have good weather with alots of tourists attractions grin

Man! That would have been lovely for me as a Barca fan but the city is deep down South that we can't make it within the few days window. Surely on another trip.

Now talking about planning, you can plan all you want and a 3rd party will just mess you up.
I love buying tickets at least one week in advance so I can select my preferred seat (extra leg room) and all, but this time, my bank frustrated my efforts by not loading my dollar card on time, by the time I bought my tickets from an agent, online seat selection has been closed.
Now, it will be standard seat over 7hrs! ��
More reason I need to make more money so I can permanently switch to Business class without punching calculator.

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by 992finland: 2:46pm On Oct 31
Good for u...please what kind of question you were asked and did u went for biometric b4 given u d vis

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 3:17pm On Oct 31
992finland:
Good for u...please what kind of question you were asked and did u went for biometric b4 given u d vis

It went something like this;
Visa officer: Please let me have your Passports and required documents. So, what are you going to Germany for?
Me and Bae: (hands him over the documents, and also prepaid DHL delivery bag for the return of the documents). It's for vacation bro. We just need a little change of scene and we opted for Frankfurt.
VO: Ok, nice. So who is sponsoring the trip?
Me: The bill is on me.
VO: But the balance in your accounts ain't that much though. How long do you plan to stay?
Me: Leave that one bro. Na poor people dey leave idle money in their account. My money is out there working and yielding dividends for me (paraphrased).
We have two weeks to spend in the Shengen area and I can handle the expenditures (pulls out one investment certificate and hands over to him).
VO: That's ok. We will get back to you in a 2-weeks window, and if we require any additional info, we will let you know. (While arranging and stapling our documents together).
Please put your fingers on the machine there (got our whole 10 digits captured)
MB: All right bro. Hope to hear from you soon. E go be �
Finish.
Exactly 2weeks after, DHL delivered the Passports and documents.
We didn't spend more than 15mins in there, while some folks spend almost an hour.
But the waiting time na die! For a 9.30am appointment, it got to our turn around 2.00pm.
Meanwhile they have one useless Nigerian at the gate that will be barking at people as if he is standing at the gate of heaven.Lol

Generally, the questions are based on the purpose for your trip and the documents you presented.

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by 992finland: 3:25pm On Oct 31
Wow so easy ....simple ...it's u and your wify o guess.. Same here I and wife applying in 2weeks time..u did couple travel issurance ?
Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 3:28pm On Oct 31
992finland:
Wow so easy ....simple ...it's u and your wify o guess.. Same here I and wife applying in 2weeks time..u did couple travel issurance ?

Yeah. Travel Insurance is part of the requirements. We did one month covers each.
Make sure you have all your Original documents and photocopies before setting out for your interview, also have one passport photo with white background, otherwise those touts at the car park will screw you bad. Common color photocopy they will charge you 1k each.

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by 992finland: 3:34pm On Oct 31
Hope flights not expensive
Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by 992finland: 6:14pm On Oct 31
cecegorz:


Yeah. Travel Insurance is part of the requirements. We did one month covers each.
Make sure you have all your Original documents and photocopies before setting out for your interview, also have one passport photo with white background, otherwise those touts at the car park will screw you bad. Common color photocopy they will charge you 1k each.

Thanks for the info am super grateful...1k each o man that's money..I have to go get white background then I thought is normal bkgrnd.is ur marriage cert part of your documents ,how much for the T.ins
Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 7:43am On Nov 01
992finland:


Thanks for the info am super grateful...1k each o man that's money..I have to go get white background then I thought is normal bkgrnd.is ur marriage cert part of your documents ,how much for the T.ins

Yeah, for married folks.
Also if you have kids, you must present their Birth certificates from NPC (even if they are not travelling).
Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by BedLam: 11:30am On Nov 01
This post is for vacation which is means pictures are expected but the ever asking Nigerians don turn am to visa forum already. Expect more questions coming your way...I give up.

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 11:43am On Nov 01
Leaving Lagos night - away from all the madness that Ambode's Lagos currently represents.

Surprisingly, the city looks well lit at night, seems Fashola's PHCN is doing better now or are these the 'I better pass my neighbour' generators he promised? Lol

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by greeners222(m): 11:59am On Nov 01
@cecegorz please sir when you the VO stated that your Acc balance is not enough . As couples how much you got in there. My interview is still by Jan. I'm travelling alone with Account balance of 1.9m that should be enough? Did you applied on a virgin passport ?
Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 1:12pm On Nov 01
Arrival at the Schipol Int'l, Amsterdam this morning.
Here, we passed through the Passport control and got stamped in.
From here we can now roam all through the Shengen cities without qualms...

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 1:15pm On Nov 01
Schipol Terminal building

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 1:17pm On Nov 01
Terminal building that is light years ahead of MMIA.

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 1:23pm On Nov 01
Boarding gate for our onward flight to Frankfurt.
With a Shengen VISA, your first entry country must be the particular one that issued you VISA.
But because KLM must touch base in Amsterdam first, the route becomes Lagos- Amsterdam- Frankfurt. Lay over time is just 2.5hrs.
Some airlines layover time is almost 18-24hrs, that's madness.

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 1:31pm On Nov 01
Live in Frankfurt City center.
Our Hotel, Hampton by Hilton.

Meanwhile, when we got into Frankfurt airport, we didn't go through any more Passport control/Immigration, much to my surprise.
We were welcomed to proceed into the city and enjoy our stay.
The cold is bad ass right now though, currently at 6°C.

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 1:34pm On Nov 01
View from our top floor room, you can see the yellowing of the trees as autumn season is in bloom, preparing for the full winter expected from next month.

It's crazy how these Europeans run things. Imagine this whole Hotel has no restaurant?
We were referred to a Restaurant across the street to grab something. Got in there and everything is written in German.
Fortunately the waiter speaks English, so I said, guy abeg come and explain these menus before I order nonsense. Lol
At the end of the day, we settled for seafood/Spaghetti/steak, the only thing that sounded familiar.
The bill? Nah guy, we can't continue like this- almost €50, I don't need to punch calculator to know that I must explore this neighbourhood later to find cheaper options.
For now, na to go and sleep first, and attend.

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by olajide21: 2:09pm On Nov 01
Interesting. Brings back memory of my trip to Schengen territories. In 2012, i had the opportunity to visit Germany (Frankfurt, Pegnitz) Luxembourg, France and Austria all in 7 days! That was my first trip outside Nigeria. Europe is astonishingly beautiful. I got back to Nigeria and i began to think of relocating...... Wish you a memorable stay

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by 992finland: 7:39pm On Nov 01
Keep on flexing bro abeg forget Nigeria wahala till u return and that calculator they important o.lol almost 21k on a meal ...u better look for naija restaurant....

Greet wify

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by 992finland: 7:41pm On Nov 01
greeners222:
@cecegorz please sir when you the VO stated that your Acc balance is not enough . As couples how much you got in there. My interview is still by Jan. I'm travelling alone with Account balance of 1.9m that should be enough? Did you applied on a virgin passport ?

Are u on Germany as well? Pls o that account bal as couple can it be 2m or less
Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by greeners222(m): 9:16pm On Nov 01
@992finland. Yes I am on Germany . I just asked him all the questions and he hasn't respond as for me I have 1.9. I'm not married.
Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by 992finland: 10:44pm On Nov 01
Am sure he will when he get connected.u going for visit as well/.?The virgin passport should not get u worried. Many are giving visa on virgin..my first trip to USA on student visa was virgin

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 10:57pm On Nov 01
greeners222:
@cecegorz please sir when you the VO stated that your Acc balance is not enough . As couples how much you got in there. My interview is still by Jan. I'm travelling alone with Account balance of 1.9m that should be enough? Did you applied on a virgin passport ?
I'm not sure I had more than a mil sitting in the account- but of course you'd provide a 3months statement so they'll see the history of the account.
And Yes, both our Passports are Virgin.
I went there with the attitude of I'm the one doing them a favour of spending my money there, and if they refuse, I move on.
Afterall, I first tried UK and they refused.

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by Kissup(f): 11:33pm On Nov 01
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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by greeners222(m): 12:07am On Nov 02
Mine ain't virgin passport I've had 2 expired UK students, 2 expired Italy.
Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by greeners222(m): 12:08am On Nov 02
Enjoy your holiday we riding with you on the pictures. Keep it flowing.
Happy couples
Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 10:44am On Nov 02
Men!
Sometimes you don't know how Lagos madness and anyhowness messes up with your mind until you are in a different sane environment.

So, this traffic light is in front of our hotel, and we wanted to cross over to head for the restaurant, in my 'spirit of Lagos', I dashed to cross in the middle of road and wifey gently pulled me back and pointed to the lights. Immediately, it occured to me that this is not Lagos ooo, better leave the madness behind grin grin

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 10:58am On Nov 02
Breakfast at the hotel. That's the only meal they serve here.
Meanwhile I observed the scarcity of black people in this city.
Unlike Amsterdam, immediately we arrived Frankfurt Airport, there were practically no blacks. Even when we went to the main shopping street at Zeil, something like Idumota/Broadstreet, we could count blacks on our finger tips.
Then, in this hotel, with over 50 guests that came down for breakfast, we were the ONLY blacks.
We are already feeling like exotic species here. Lol

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by cecegorz(m): 11:00am On Nov 02
Chowing down my breakfast.
We will explore the city further today before checking out tomorrow.

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Re: Shengen Baecation Starts Tomorrow- Pics Loading... by 992finland: 12:28pm On Nov 02
Omg ...no Black's just u and wify. Its terrible o.I kmw u will feel board.. @greener u heard now he said ots virgin passport.but y Italy pls try germany u will get it okay.... @ CeCe keep flexing n more pics. Hope it's not too cold.? U still locate cheap restaurant? How much for schegen visa fees n travel insurance

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