Friday, 20 July 2018

Wait - aren't you supposed to have started your road trip by now?

I am surprised I haven't broken my computer yet - or at the very least crashed the Russian visa website. I have been constantly glued to my computer hoping that, as if by magic, my incessant checking would force the Russian embassy to process my visa faster. It has been 15 working days now, and there is still no sign of our visa. I had my hopes set high when I first went on Google to find out the average processing time. I was reassured by the fact most people said it took 5 working days. Oh, how naïvee I was to believe that now! Of course, nothing ever goes to plan when you need it. 

Thankfully, I also only just received proof of ownership from DVLA for my car to enable us to take it into the 'Stans. Admittedly, this one is not my fault. I asked my dad several times a few months back whether the car was in my name -- "Yes my dear, stop bugging me, it is definitely in your name". At the end of June, when I returned to England, I asked him to dig out the proof of ownership. "Oh," he replies, "sorry, but it's actually in the companies name - I'll have to get it changed". 

To backtrack slightly -- I should have told you, and if you know me in real life there is no way you could have escaped it -- but yes, I am driving to Mongolia (and back!) in my 2002 TD4 Freelander Land Rover with my boyfriend Harley. I only got back mid-June so we had limited time to organise everything - it turns out there was more to be done than I hoped. My car is constantly being sent away to have its air conditioning repaired, the visas have been a bureaucratic nightmare, and we had to find time to build a bed into the back of my car.