iPad Mini with Retina display


iPad Mini with Retina display, at Apple Store in Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL. Retina display is the best thing to have happened to the iPad Mini. Is the smaller screen an issue? My myopic eyes don’t think so, but my presbyopic eyes think bigger is better.

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iPad Air


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At Apple Store, Kurfürstendamm, holding iPad Air. Impressive how much lighter it is when compared to the original iPad.

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Nice store. Yes! The one featured in WWDC 2013.

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It’s huge too.

Travel visa


How much bureaucracy can there be in getting a visa you ask? Here’s a list of requirements to apply for a Schengen visa at the Spanish consulate, so you get a feel for how much our countries mire us in endless paperwork.

  • Schengen visa form
  • 2 3×4 photos
  • Bank statement for the last 4 months
  • Salary receipt for the last 4 months
  • Copy of home ownership contract
  • Copy of IT statement
  • Copy of country ID
  • Copy of country of residence ID
  • Confirmed travel tickets
  • Confirmed hotel reservation
  • Invitation letters
  • Letter from company with signature verified/authenticated
  • Travel insurance
  • Payment receipt for travel insurance
  • Copy of all the pages of the passport
  • Passport
  • Visa fees (BRL 160.75, about USD 92 or 67 Euros)

All that for a visa that will last exactly eleven (the duration of my travel) days.