Three more sleeps.

Yes – three short nights and then we’re outta Sydney. One night in Cairns, then into Port Moresby.

Hole-ee sheeeeeet.

Astute readers will note the significant time lag between now and the last post. The delay in getting our visas has been significant to say the least. The best reason we have been given is really a layered effect – incompetence stacked upon lax ethics with a steamy heap of poor timing for the heck of it. Here’s a summary of the causes of delay:

1. The PNG immigration department in Port Moresby must process the visas, but they don’t have the best reputation for efficiency and diligence.

2. Said inefficient work practices are severely tested when a few hundred (thousand? million?) pilgrims stroll out of the steamy PNG jungles looking for tickets to Sydney for World Youth Day in July. They want to get on planes. Many don’t have passports. Many don’t have birth certificates. Many don’t have anything except faith – handy for a pilgrim I guess. It’s a great time to be a bureaucrat.

3. Finally the pilgrims are dispatched and the immigration depatment confronts the backlog of other work. Many are waiting for visas. Some are volunteers, like us. Some are from gigantic mining corporations oozing with money who have invested way too much to quibble about ethics. A number of men in dark shades and open-necked safari shirts step out of their Range Rovers outside the immigration department in Moresby. They hand over bulging envelopes and brown paper bags. The mining company employees miraculously get their visas confirmed in minimum time with due diligence and professionalism. I’m happy for them.

4. We wait, and wonder, and wait. Just over two months in fact.

5. The gravy train finally pulls to a halt and it’s the turn of organisations that cling to their ethics as tenaciously as their frayed patience. But it all happens in the end…

…and we discover late last week that it could be a next weekend departure. This is confirmed Monday. Passports arrive with shiny new permits stuck inside. Mmmmmmm. Perrrrmmiiiitts.

Three more sleeps!

3 Responses to “Three more sleeps.”

  1. 1 banalasanything September 10, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    permits! permits! permits! I don’t permit you leave.

  2. 2 ricky September 14, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I have it george !!!! der mum ……..we’ll look forward to hearing next but!! love you and go get em Rocky!!!

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