Our jailbird friend has left us today. After spending hours trying to retrieve his passport, his laptop, and other sundries scattered hither and yon through his adventures, he now has to wait it out until Monday to try yet again. From his perspective, the US Embassy does not get a A rating for helpfulness. Hesitant to take his word as gospel, I did tend to agree when his sister starting forwarding me the letters she was receiving from the Embassy employee assigned to aiding him. The fact that he is banned from going anywhere near the embassy and they do not answer the phone when he calls does not promote their reputation in anyone’s eyes.
I made him promised me to send a postcard from the US when he arrived. I wanted to make sure he made it and we would not have any more surprises waiting at our door some evening.