Sounds like a flashback from any action season like 24 or Breaking bad.

On Feb 12th, after a more or less hit and run action, the car was put into a container in Hamburg (thanks to Gravel Road Logistics). To add, on the 11th, there was nothing prepared for departure, not even the car was ready to run. For example the awning bought the previews day, was mounted on that very evening. After „everything“ was packed, we finally left for Hamburg from Nuremberg at about 11 PM. Also the popup-roof had its premiere that night, … the first adventure for Kathrin and me.

Just in time after Hamburg I went on my final freelance employment. Kathrin hat do finish her last exams for university. After that there was one week of home sweet home followed by the departure on march 11th 2014 11.05pm from Frankfurt.

As to be expected, there was a change in the ships schedule of arrival. The „Santa Teresa“ would arrive one day later then expected. Because of that we arrived one day earlier than the ship. The progress of unloading the car from the container should be moved from thursday to friday (it was assured the maximum possible delay would be Monday)

Enough time to take care about the car insurance. You could think about the positive things about that rescheduling: „Awesome! The vessel is delayed one day, less stress in the beginning! Check into the hotel and relax. Recover from the 14 hours flight“ „NOOOOT“ Far of of it. After arriving at the hotel from a 1.5 hours taxi ride, we were taught short and precise: „Expedia? We don’t do business with Expedia, we also don’t have a free room! The spare one is on renovation right now.“

Hm, what to do now, I want the manager to be called. He just responds sporadicly: „Ah yes, there was something about Expedia Reservation, payed by credit card, I just skimmed that mail on the phone, anyways, we don’t have a free room.“

And now? Although there was a different notion of „confirmation of booking“ in a mail, the employees were very nice and helpful in getting us a different hotel last second.

From now on cool down and enjoy the „bife de lomo“

 

Just when everything was payed, agent bill of landing, container fees, port fees ect, I got a text from the Agent: „Sorry, Vessel is still working. It will be Monday“

The Friday’s Text says: „Vessel is still working ‚till saturday, so car out of container on Tuesday“

Ok, let’s extend the hotel from Monday to Tuesday

 

Allright, but now we really have to relax. So we were meeting an old friend from Buenos Aires, Federico. We meet him at a exhibition/bookrelease party. After that we were going on a open-air concert in a park at Palermo. Perfect flair, many people, fun. Just after that: Mac DeMarco concert. I was surprised very positively how cool this canadian guy was.

Just to add some funfacts: There is no smoking indoors, the argentinians don’t care on big venues. Besides, there is very little smokers around. In this club they pour out just three kinds of drinks: Soda, Quillmes, Fernet! Soda is self-explaining. Quilmes is beer, in a choice of 0.5 or 1 liter cups. Fernet is Fernetbranca with coke, also in a choice of 0.5 or 1 liter cups. Right now, the Fernet is still not my cup of tea.

We end up in a bar with hot tacos and let the day fade away… We still feel the shift in time, so we’re getting up slowly on Sunday, a calm one, more than a brief visit of the market in San Telmo, watching Tango, was not possible.

 

...Yeeehaa, it’s Monday, just once more bedtime until me driving Defender again!  …. ok let’s read Mondays Textmessege first: „Vessel is still working, will be finished tonite, customs tuesday, container on wednesday“

 

Ok, let’s extend the Hotel once again by one day until Wednesday, ….. oh what a pity, no free room left. New Hotel!

 

 

 

 

 

Vor kurzem ging das Warten zu Ende, Abflug. Jetzt geht es schon wieder los... wann bekommt man das Auto aus dem Container....