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The best kept secret is out

//The best kept secret is out

The best kept secret is out

inm_logoThose of you at Amigos meeting yesterday will know that Tony & I have to fly back to the UK today, Sunday, for his mother’s funeral.   As our residential application is lodged with INM we had to apply for a permit to travel, and we did this on Monday.  It takes 3 working days.  We went back on Thursday and it was not ready.  We went back on Friday – even though checking online showed we had still not been invited back to collect it.  The gentleman there breezily asked how we were and I said not good at all !

He listened, he checked on his computer, and he said: “Oops”.  I don’t like oops !  He made phone calls, he had huddles with la Jefa and finally (nearing one o’ clock) said for us to return manana to collect it.  I looked him in the eyes and said: But you are closed tomorrow.  He said we could collect it from the “guardian”.  I didn’t think he was talking about angels but possibly the caretaker, maybe the floor cleaner, who knows.  Subsequently I – and some of you – thought we had just been told this so that we would leave the office.  Apart from the circumstances, the other concern was that we had paid over $3,000 for the flights which were not refundable.  And no insurance.    And when I checked online again later – the system could not find our applications!  Didn’t sleep very well Friday night!

So after the meeting we  went to INM – ominously the building was in darkness – but just saving electricity as, although the escalator did not work, the elevators did.  Along the darkened corridor – and yes, a light at the end of the tunnel!  And the door was open!  And inside was Mariella!  And yes – she had our permits!  But for the counter I would have kissed her!  I told her how worried we had been and she said: But we told you to come back today and they would be ready.  Erm yes but this is Mexico.

It transpires that they have someone there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in case of emergencies!  If only they’d told us that before!  The four people you see at the front counter have to take it in turns for this. They obviously like their jobs – it entails sleeping in a side room – on the floor.

Thank you all for your good wishes!

Here’s the link for Caroline’s recycling video: http://youtu.be/jNP4N7NhyHs

And here’s Lydia’s blog:fundacionatdadoptaunacomunidad.blogspot.mx

 

 

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