Day 3 of immobility
Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
109Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Honestly, what we would have done had we not got in with this crowd doesnt bear thinking about!
Back to The Plaza to Hertel, to wait for a letter which we need for customs to explain why we cant get the car out in 3 days
(Incidentally, when we were applying for our Russian visas, there was a big sign up, saying that if you think applying for a Russian visa is difficult, you should try to apply for a visa to visit UK from Russia! However, they could apply for benefits once they got to UK, whereas we wont get anything from the various govts where we are going, will we?)
Back to Hertel, to wait for the letter, but apparently it needs to be on a different company's letterhead. All to do with what Customs will be most impressed by
So its off to the pub for a beer or 3 with Dave, back to the offices, where the letter is waiting.
In the mean time Emin has checked the ferry prices, and they aren't that far from what we were told, maybe something does work here!!
Better get off to the local dinner spot where they have wifi, so we can eat a meal, and keep in touch.
Hope you are keeping up with all this.
Mileage about 150 km, none of which was in Stanley. Thand goodness for the oil companies!!!
Martin's Monday moment:
Bit of an awkward day.feeling even more remote from events and unusual for me not to be able to follow through an engineering need.Just have to trust our new found friends that outcome will be OK.main issue is that our contacts in the oil industry are on the heavyside, and are not precision engineers which is what we need.Pray that the finished product will be the business.part of the surreal aspect of this is that we are taken from place to place very graciously by private driver in large SUV's.Having climbed out of Stanley 3 days ago it is very unsettling.
So 3 days in and we are meeting a number of ex-patriates who are truly world people.They have worked everywhere and live wherever they are ,not where they have come from.Most have local family partners and children.Suddenly I hear European voices everywhere.So are we here or are we all somewhere else? Had spare set of car keys cut today.Had 4 keys cut and negotiated price down from 16 Manet to 6.Felt very proud.None of the keys fit
Need to get on the road and with Emin's help will sort Customs and ferry tomorrow (Tuesday).Bits due back Wednesday a.m.
Perhaps this is the part of the journey that becomes the adventure.The serendipidity that makes the seams of life.
Abdullah,Ivan?- patience dear reader.There's a long road ahead.