Thursday, September 21, 2006

TV troubles...

I got back from my travels and everything was broken - the TV, the car, the telephone, and my internet wasn't working as well I hadn't paid in while I was gone... anyway we quickly sorted out the other stuff, and also "sorted out" the TV by buying a new one. The old one was my landlady's and it would have cost me quite a lot to fix it and so I decided to get a new one, as that way it is mine and it would have a guarantee so it wouldn't give me hassles again for a while... well that was the plan anyway...

I bought one at a good price and brought it home and it was great fun figuring out how to program the channels, etc... That night, Sladja, who is staying with us in our lounge (now fondly refered to as "Sladja's domain") noticed a green light stayed on the screen when she turned it off. We probably wouldn't have noticed it for weeks so it was a good thing she was staying with us!

We took it back and they changed it right away for a new one... (which I then had to program the channels on that one too). 10 days later THAT one started doing all sorts of strange things (including the green light!) so we took it back... the guys in the shop were very sweet and PTL immediately offered us our money back (which is VERY unusual as things don't come with a money back guarantee here...), so it was out hunting for TVs again...

Anyway we found another which was a little bit more expensive, but has a 3 year guarantee and a good reputation. We brought it home and of course had to program the channels on that one (I am now an EXPERT!) and so far so good...

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Only in Bosnia...

I went the other day to the Police to find out what I can do about my driver's license. More and more often when I get stopped here by the police (usually randomly, not for anything I have done - I am convinced that I have a police magnet as they tend to stop me a LOT) they are telling me I am not allowed to drive on my South African driver's license. I either have to have a Bosnian license or an International one. So I decided to check up on this...

The lovely lady at the Police told me that yes it is true that I shouldn't drive more than 6 months on my SA license, but that as a foreigner without a permanent residency I fall into a "hole" as I can't get a Bosnian license until I have permanent residency... So I ask her "what should I do" and her reply... "shrug your shoulders and pretend you don't speak Serbian, they will get confused and let you go"...

Only in Bosnia will the OFFICIAL reply be to LIE to the police!!!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

DUBROVNIK


I made it!! After all the waiting and being FOUR times in Trebinje WITHOUT a VISA for Croatia and therefore not being able to make it to Dubrovnik, this week I FINALLY made it!!

And it was wonderful...

I almost didn't make it even to Trebinje as when I got back from England my car had a leetle problem which required someone coming out to fix it as driving it was dangerous! Anyway after trying various people, Sinisa finally managed to get his cousin to come out and fix it and I got off to Trebinje about 2 hours later than planned!!

Ljilja and I drove out on Tuesday to Dubrovnik and spent about 4 hours just the two of us, wandering around Dubrovnik and having the MOST expensive cup of coffee/coke that I have ever had (more expensive than the tea Mary and I had in Athens even!) but it was worth it!

The photo of the two of us at the fountain was taken with batteries from some kind German who after realising that our batteries were dead took his out (he luckily had the same camera) and then took the photo...

On the way back the Croatian border guard was the same one and he told his colleague to open the gate for us saying "Let them through - it's just that South African"...

We then returned with others on the Thursday and actually got to swim at this beach about 5 mins from the Old town - what a great experience, swimming with a view! We also went and had icecream and wondered around the Old town again...

Am still pinching myself... I got to go to Dubrovnik FINALLY!

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