Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fiascos

Bureaucracy in the desert

A few days back my friend Frockexchange and I decided that enough was enough and we were going for a little day out to the shop that sells the sparkly stuff, the stuff with the bubbles in it ...

So of we doddle up the Emirates Road taking in the countryside, first thing we came across was a group of caravans for sale!!  Gypsies we shouted! sadly we were wrong but it funny all the same. Got there in no time at all and decided to have a bit of breakfast, so we headed to the little restaurant for some quick refreshment.   Walked in and standing at the bar with a whisky in one hand and a cigarette in the other was a man dressed in local dress.  I have seen it time and time before so it just goes over my head, Frockexchange was tickled pink, especially when he moved out of our sight of vision and the barmaid served him with a bottle of red wine!!

True to form the continental breakfast of pastries and condiments turned out to be four slices of white bread and jam!!  had a good laugh at it all though.

Just makes you think, what a weird and wonderful place we live in!

It was November, my car was turning 4 in December and for the previous year it had been in the back of my mind that maybe it was time to let her go and trade her in for a newer model (thank goodness my husband hasn't done that with me). Anyway, being a great believer in fate I duly advertised her and she was sold to the first lady who came to see her. It was love at first sight, just like it had been for me four years earlier when we had bought my first ever brand new car in the UAE.  So, with that decision taken out of my hands we headed down to Al Habtoor Motors to order the new one, which was very simple as I knew exactly what I wanted.  The deposit was paid and we headed down to the HSBC Bank to apply for the loan that we needed to get the new car. The very nice man in the bank gave us gifts and told us it would take two working days before the loan was transferred into our account, however it was the day before Eid .....

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