Passports and Blonde Bangladeshis
I am renewing my passport ahead of time since I ran out of pages. Thanks to increased security measures following 9/11, Bangladeshis have to get transit visas everytime they pass through a country. So the pages get filled up very fast. Last year I travelled to 4 countries during a whirlwind trip but ended up having to get 6 visas! So taking a spontaneous vacation is not possible if you are the proud owner of a Bangladeshi passport.
As I was filling out the renewal form, I noticed that many of the questions are somewhat pointless. What's the use of asking someone about their eye and hair color when both can be changed so easily? Wearing colored contacts and dyeing one's hair is quite the rage in Dhaka.