We set off from the port of Girne last night on our fourth trip this year from North Cyprus to the UK.

Joining us for part of the trip is KAR’s administrator Kim — henceforth known as courier K — who we have been regaling with tales of the trips undertaken so far! Even so, she says she’s looking forward to it, and we’re certainly looking forward to having her on board.

We chose to leave on the overnight crossing for the cooler temperatures which will be better for both the pets and the humans. During the day it’s been as high as 38C.

Remembering our 15-hour stopover in Mersin on the last trip, this time we enlisted the help of Mustafa, an agent who assists people leaving North Cyprus. He’s worked tirelessly to collect information and get the paperwork processed. When we asked him to smile for his photo, his response was: “I’ll smile when the work is done.”

Bob says goodbye to courier K

Couriers K and M with Margaret and Mustafa

Checking in

The port is pretty crowded

Mustafa hard at work

Mustafa with couriers M and K

Margaret with Mustafa, preparing a letter of authority confirming the pets’ exit from North Cyprus

As Mustafa tells us to hurry, we say ‘güle güle’ to him, which roughly translates as ‘goodbye’