They do say patience is a virtue — well, by now we’re all feeling pretty virtuous.
Last night, after supper and an evening walk for the dogs, Animalcouriers had to leave the van at Mersin port in police custody and go to the nearest hotel. This morning we were back at the port bright and early.
A new police shift had appeared and were initially reluctant to let us into the port. “No ticket, no come in,” they said. Then the friendly officers who’d kept a watchful eye on the van overnight appeared, greeting us with: “Good morning! Tea?” So in we went and had a quick cuppa with them, before heading off to the van to feed, water and walk the dogs.
Then at round 10.00am, as we’d had no news, we went to the port officer to check whether the computer entry problem (letter O and number zero confusion) had been sorted out. Well, at least they had a new permutation by now: instead of double O, they had double zero. So still not quite right (should have been letter O, number zero) but at least we knew change was possible. The senior port office on duty, Aynur, got straight on the phone and harrassed the port manager to do something about it. Then Eren from Petical Vets showed up and between him and Aynur they got things moving.
The port manager explained that while he and his colleagues are port staff, customs are civil servants and can start work when they like. They showed up at 11.00am.
Eventually everything was sorted out, and suddenly we were free to go! We are heading for Fetiye where we have a hotel booked for tonight.