I had my interview at the US Embassy in Ottawa today, to get my visa stamped. I approached the very chatty and friendly visa officer with all my papers..she commented on my pretty folder (Chimanlals),asked to see my Ph.D diploma, "oh wow you're a scientist.." what did I do between May and August 2007, etc. etc. I thought it was all going well until she asked for my employment letter, read it over, paused, had a raised eyebrows expression on her face and proceeded to ask,
"Oh MY GOD is that all you get paid for being a Ph.D?"
So she took pity on me and granted my visa too, no more questions asked.
In the meantime, I'm enjoying Ottawa..its nice and sunny and cheery and if the weather holds up I shall go biking later..may be I'll post pics and actually do a decent post on the trip later.