The joys of living in such a stunning place are very occasionally overshadowed by the way this country works (or doesn't). Yet again, yes - again, the boat yard have told us that they do not have room for us (a lie), they do not have the manpower to get our boat out (possible, hey, why not give one of yer mates a call and get the manpower, eh?) and we have to phone them back on 9 January (my 38th birthday, as it happens) to "discuss" it. We were hoping to come out tomorrow or Wednesday.
Honestly, it really does beggar belief how crap some things are here. There seems to be this weird macho approach which involves being as obstructive as possible so that when whatever you need actually does happen, you are so immensely grateful that you don't mind paying the ridiculous fee that is charged. It seems that it is "cool" to refuse to offer the service that you supposedly offer. Weird.
I hate to sound all Tory about this, but it does seem that as there is no competition here and there never has been, no one seems to bother trying and it is okay to be completely rubbish at your job. There is no service culture here; something we both love for the most part but when you really do need to get something done, it goes beyond amusing....frustrating....to downright fkg annoying.
So we are still on the quay in Kotor and in reality, I'm sure we won't be lifted by the yard for at least another month. Frankly, ridiculous.