Saturday, July 19, 2014

Unexpected Dutch guests!

I was contacted last week by a friend of one of the Dutch team we had last summer. They were coming to Banja Luka for a couple of hours, could we meet up? Well, of course! In the end there weren't just two of them as I originally thought, but four lovely Dutch people showed up at Ihtus. They are here for a conference in Velika Kladusa this week, and decided to hire a car and take a drive to see Banja Luka, and also drop off some Hebrew bibles for the Jewish Society here.

As it took them longer to hire the car, and then also the route they took (off google maps) was a little bit rough, they arrive 2 hours later than expected. Also, unexpected was the fact that their car started spouting oil as soon as they arrived. The plan was for them to go back that night as they had things to do the next day, but even upon arrival that plan wasn't looking too likely...

Not having any overnight things, they were loath to stay at first, but after taking a look around the apartment we have for teams they were finally persuaded. Luckily we had spare toothbrushes for them at least :)

So, after making sure we had a place to take the car in the morning, I took them into town for dinner, and as they hadn't had cevapi yet, that is what we had: (the chicken sandwich is mine as I already had cevapi the night before!) Marko, Menzo, Jan-Willem and Lavinia.
On Saturday two of them took the bus back while the others stayed behind to fix the car, which turned out to be the fuel pump, and luckily was able to be fixed (thanks to a friend of mine telling her auto-mechanic friend that they were her Dutch nephews... otherwise we wouldn't have had a chance of getting it in to be fixed on a Saturday!).

I think it taught them a lot about never really being sure of plans working out - and it reminded me that you can never expect things to be quite as simple as they seem: always expect the unexpected!!

2 comments:

Victor said...

Hmmm, interesting. Are mechanic shops closed on Saturdays?

Belinda Chaplin said...

No, they aren't closed, it is just their busiest day and so you need to book your car in advance to get in - so that is why we had to use the "cousin" story...

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