Waiting in Argentina

Our hopes of getting the bikes out before the Public Holiday this Thursday was wishful thinking. We now know the Bureaucracy here moves at a speed somewhat slower than the shifting of the “tectonic plates”. It appears we first pay the freight forwarder than wait for a “number” than wait to see customs people, then wait some more. Without some competency in Spanish there is little hope of success!

It appears now we may be kicking our heels in Buenos Aries till Wednesday week at the earliest!

So, after this frustrating day we are going test out some more  of the excellent locally produced Vino Tinto

 

18 thoughts on “Waiting in Argentina

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  4. When you get tired of drinking in the sun…. I have always understood that it takes a backhander to shift bureaucracy in South America!! Give it another fortnight then open your wallet and say after me ‘Help yourself!’
    Love Juliet

  5. How come you managed to have such a good looking daughter and is it a good thing that she is the only one to have her picture here? I guess we must have a bit of the same blood running in our veins, so I hope the talk of pirates does not mean she has been spilling it. Re Chile, I will have a word with the other cousins over this side of the world and see if I can put together a package of information about the Chilean cousins. Meanwhile please could Lucy send over some of her weather. It is damp and cold here with snow further north.
    I will send Andy’s details to you by normal email.

    • Yes I am very proud of her! She just had an eye operation and had a patch over her eye hence the reference to Captain Hook

  6. Hey Dad,

    Hope your managing to fill some time! not much to report here, its another beautiful day going to be a hot one. Im still looking like a pirate.

    speak soon xx

  7. Hi GEOFF,
    TODAY WE HAD OUR LAST SPANISH CLASS WITH ISIDRO. WE ALL THOUGHT OF YOU DEALING WITH THE PRACTICALITIES OF YOUR ADVENTURE.
    WE ALL PLAN TO RETURN TO EL PATIO NEXT YEAR. CATHERINE HAS A PROBLEM WITH THE TIME BUT HOPEFULLY THAT CAN BE NEGOTIATED AROUND.
    CERTAINLY ARE WORSE PLACES THAN B.A. TO BE HELD UP BY BUREACRACY.I UNDERSTAND THAT THE FOOD IS VERY MEAT ORIENATATED AND YOU WILL BE DESPERATE FOR SALAD GREENS SOON.iS THAT TRUE?
    IF YOU EMPLOYED SOMEONE LOCAL TO NEGOTIATE FOR YOU WOULD IT BE QUICKER?
    GOODLUCK ,
    CHEERS FROM SUE[SPANISH CLASSMATE]

    • Hi Sue
      Thanks for your comment
      I was thinking of you all as I struggle to make myself understood. One thing that surprises me is how they have trouble understanding my accent ie in Spanish
      Talking of meat we visited a place called “Siga la vaca” which literally means “follow the cow” anyway it’s huge, seating for several thousand and for $25 you can eat as much meat as you like and there are huge BBQ’s roasting every conceivable type of meat.Included is a salad , dessert and a bottle of excellent wine. A brilliant concept!

      The class was great and I hope to return
      Geoff

  8. Have a great time Geoff! I’ll be reading the blog! I’m loving it so far, having a good chuckle and a read. Keep us posted 🙂

    • Thanks Jacqui. I wish we could get going. Much as I like BA I really want to be on the road. I’ll try to keep my sense of humour to keep you interested!
      Love Geoff

  9. Hi Geoff

    Had coffee with the girls this morning. A beautiful day here. I sympathise with your issues with the bike. My students are most impressed with your planned trip and wish you the best of luck.
    Thanks for the blog.
    Marg Martin
    (Highett Neighbourhood House)

    • Hi Marg
      Glad your students like the blog.I hope it will become interesting if we ever get our bikes!

      It’s SO frustrating dealing with this nonsense with the bureaucracy. They have no urgency and it all seems so petty. I suppose it’s the same all over the world. It seems we are destined to spend possibly 2 weeks here just because the public servants take their time and see no reason to hurr. .Having said that…there are worst places to spend two weeks! Love Geoff

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