This week has been a frustrating week My contract has now finished (20th Feb) with the UAE military and I am now waiting for them to pay me some money and cancel my visa.
Today 18th received an email from with the number that is needed for the Iran visa to be issued (at last).
Today 19th Off to Dubai to the Iranian embassy to collect the visa, before this is issued you have to have your finger prints taken at a Police station so I thought I would get the info straight form the embassy. The guy said no problem get them taken any were. I was very close to Jumeirah Police station; now remember we are in the Middle East so you know what’s coming. Into the police station ‘’I am here to have my finger prints taken for Iran visa’’ say I. ‘’No sir not here is the reply’’ you must go to Port Rashid Police station. Ok I think no problem I know where that is. So back on the bike over to Port Rashid into the station. ‘’I am here to have my finger prints taken for the Iran Visa’’.  Again the reply is no sir not here but very help full you must go to the headquarters CID. Ok, so back on the bike over to HQ again very helpful for the cost of 110 AED and I had the pleasure of doing all the typing myself. ‘’Come back tomorrow to collect’’.  Now when the your finger prints are taken they then cross check them with the Police data base to make sure you are not a criminal trying to abscond. In Sept when Kimberley and I returned form a UK visit at 2 in the morning we returned to a house that had been burgled. After keystone cops turned up and touched everything in the hose they said to me don’t touch anything the CID will come to take finger prints. When they took the prints they did not take mine to eliminate me form there inquirers.  So you can now imagine what is going to happen when I returned to collect my sample of finger prints!! 
Today 20th Back to Dubai to collect the sample of finger prints, into see the very helpful Police man but today did not seem that happy. Sit he says the Sergeant what’s to speak to you. Out came the sergeant come with me Mr Peter,  we go into his office and he tells me that my finger prints are on their system connected to a burglary. So after explaining that it was my house and that when keystone cops turned up they did not take my prints he was happy but I had to produce a copy of my housing contract which I had in my folder in the bike so I was escorted by a police man to collect it and the sergeant was happy. Thank god for that. So off to the Iranian embassy to pick up the visa with no problem and a big smile from the guy behind the counter and a big smile form me.
I thought it was about time that I heard from the Turkmenistan Embassy so I gave them a call only to be told that the visa had not been approved. So I asked him what can be done now that I have my Iran and Uzbekistan visa he tells me to come to the embassy wright a letter and attach copies of the Iran and Uzbekistan visas and then reapply. So again still waiting.
Also this week I have fitted new tyres ready for the trip and a couple of extra protection parts from Touratech. Pic to follow. 

2/27/2012 16:43:40

Oi oi! Got tourateh bits on order, planning to leave on the 14th, getting edgey now. I bet u r itching to go. Still the 5th? Or earlier? Syria sit getting tense maybe an idea to get into iran before they get involved, very very jealous. I've plotted stops but we will just get out there and see how we do each day. When we hook up at the george we can plan austria/germany. I will ask a mate to do a press release! QE diamond jubilee,? olympics? No petes return! Ha ha. I reckon slovakia will b a blast. U will have lots of tales of the road we can listen to over a beer or 3!


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