30 mai 2008

In the rush...

We finally have our iranian visa...what a relief! Well, technically, we do not have it yet as we have to pick up our passports at the Iranian consulate this afternoon. The tension of not knowing when we would leave has gone but has been replaced by the stress of finishing all the preps on time!

The bikes have to be ready by tomorrow (or sunday..time is flexible here - see below!) for packing and sending to Dubai (it took us a good 2 weeks to find a someone to pack both bikes in a wooden crate at a reasonable price). "Wooden boxes for bikes? Easy to make, easy to find, cheap price my friend" would any babu on the street tell you! But when it comes to actually find the person who is skilled enough to make you a good air cargo box, nobody is there for a reasonable price! This is one of the thing in India that I am still having a hard time to adjust to...I think it has to do with the different conception of time : The guys always tell you Khal, khal (tommorrow), the time is flexible and makes them do multiple things at the same time, garanteeing you things that they know they won't be able to do on time... This cultural difference in time management is fascinating to study but to live it day by day on the field can be frustrating, especially when you have a time constraint!
I fortunatlely was able to find a leading company in manufacturing of wooden crates in a narrow street of Byculla (muslim district in south Bombay). The deal has been done around a cup of chai (indian tea) with Shabbir and his son Mohammed. The box should be ready and assembled around the bikes on saturday. Tempo (commercial vehicle) will then be organised to take the bikes to the international airport cargo terminal...

Lets just hope that Sajid - our garagist - will realise that the bikes are leaving tomorrow and that he'll have to move his a$$ by today to give us the spare parts and make the last modications on our bullets...I don't care I am camping in his garage if needed, but not much hope...no matter how hard we tried with Adrien, we were never able to change Sajid's way of working!

Hopefully (and sadly) we'll leave India by next Wednesday or Thursday...First destination : Dubai....

Posté par Leboogieman à 07:53 - - Commentaires [3] - Permalien [#]

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  • Ca se precise...

    Fini de rire... si ca se trouve, vous allez vraiment partir....

    Good luck

    Posté par Nicolas, 30 mai 2008 à 08:54 | | Répondre
  • Qui veut voyager loin ménage sa monture, alors, Chouchoutez bien vos Bullett.

    signé : un lecteur (pas tout a fait anonyme) assidu de votre Blog.

    Have a nice trip and take care.

    Posté par Adrifather, 30 mai 2008 à 18:45 | | Répondre
  • question

    How much did u paid finally?
    For the plain ?
    And what about the battery ?
    It smell goog good good for u now !!!

    Posté par Gerard, 01 juin 2008 à 16:56 | | Répondre
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