This invitation came on April 11th and I would be leaving Vancouver no later than May 4th. I really had no experience with international travel that required visas, immunizations and more, so had no idea what I needed to accomplish on my end to make it happen. To be totally honest, I was actually clueless, which is a good thing as I might have said no if I knew what I was facing. In the end dumb luck and intuition helped me to accomplish my part. I leave in a few days. So here it is - a breakdown for others facing the same situation. And it all begins with WHY as that is what I am constantly asked.
Aren't You Afraid???
NO! Traveling smart is true for wherever you travel. And don't let sensational media define where that travel takes you. There are tons of advisories for tourists looking to be informed that you SHOULD access and you have to travel smart. If you don't do that, it doesn't matter where you go, you can have problems.