I was out at 8am this morning, to take the Montero to have some problems fixed. I thought the engine was running a bit rough, but my No.1 Mechanic, Javier, thinks it is fine, I hope he is right.
When I reversed on full lock there was a whirring noise, which was worrying me, but again Javier said it was nothing to be concerned about, which is just as well as I am a total ignoramus when it comes to things mechanical, it was pump that is wearing, but perfectly functional, he topped up the oil level for it, and that just left one problem to resolve.
Over the last few months, I have had problems with the car cutting out and refusing to start at the most inopportune moments, I thought it was either a sensor somewhere, or a loose connection, Javier tracked it down to a dirty connection, so he cleaned them all to be on the safe side, and also to make it worth his while working on the car.
All the work done, I asked him how much I owed him, and just to be awkward, he said, \”Well, I haven\’t done much, give me a gift\”, in other words I had to decide what to pay him! so I gave him $30000 COP, the smile said it all, but it was only £7-50 / US$9.75 so for me it was cheap as chips.
I then went and paid for the oil, and off I went.
While I was out, I received a message to say that my pension was now in my Bank here… yeah right! after all the hullaballoo yesterday, where BBVA denied any knowledge of an agreement with Azimo, I was sending emails all day, trying to resolve it. Anyway, I used my Cellphone App, and checked my account…relief, my pension was indeed in my account. Someone wants their head knocking off. Now I can relax until the next transfer is due.
I was out yesterday, at Migración Colombia, to renew my Cedula (ID card), I had done most of it Online so it shouldn\’t have taken long, but their card payment machine was not working, so they gave me an invoice to take to Banco Occidental, of which there are not many, but fortunately there is one in Bello. I then had to wait for my photo to be taken, but again their software was playing up, so instead of 2 minutes, it was another 20, whilst they sorted it out. Then it was back to the Bank, paid the bill, now I just have to wait two weeks, then go and collect it.