Tuesday 28 June. I’m getting ready for the Danube

Written by Jack van Ommen on June 28th, 2011

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I am now waiting for the flexible shaft/transmission coupling from Holland that should have arrived a week ago.

Last Sunday when I returned to the Romanian side on the ferry from Bulgaria, I spent a half hour with the customs men. They had nothing better to do and I was in no hurry either. They were trying to find when I had re-entered Romania on May 3rd and they wanted to know the details on my arrival and departure for the USA visit, last winter. It took a while. Afterwards I added up the entries in my passport.

The passport will expire next year and in the 10 years it has accumulated 102 check in and check out customs/immigrations stamps, 15 Visas (10 countries, 4 for Vietnam) It contains 75 pages. I searched in vain for the exit stamp from the USA last April. And then I realized that the USA is one of the few countries where you do not go through customs/immigration when leaving it.

Two weeks ago, Nero, the German Shepherd here at the “ranch” got a new friend. This little fluff ball walked in one day, from no where. Barely weaned. In the morning I have my breakfast on the porch and make my salami sandwich for lunch. They come and join me for a piece of bread and salami.



3 Comments so far ↓

  1. ann unger says:

    canada is another country that lets you leave without going through customs, and it used to be very easy to go to the States too, they asked us where we were going and for how long and that was it, here at the border posts they used to joke with us. Why would you want to go to Baingbridge Ga , well my daughter lives there, what in the world would she live there for. Etc. since there is hardly any traffice in Havre Montana, they had to do something for fun.

    I am sure you can’t wait to be sailing again, after those long months.


  2. Carolyn Nelson says:

    Hi Jack I am not sure how to reach you but want to be able to let you know that Eleanor and I have visited Janet (Ivana is what she likes to be called now) a couple of times. We had delightful visits with her…. the last time she enjoyed making tea for us and feeding us special cookies. She is able to hear when we face her and talk loudly enough. Her caregiver Eileen is just delightful and we are sure now that she is accustomed to it she (Janet) really likes having someone there. Not sure how much you have kept in contact or if you have heard any more about how she is but just wanted to let you know. Hope all is well with your travels! Carolyn

  3. jackvanommen says:

    Dear Carolyn,

    That is good news. My e-mail address is still jack@cometosea.us
    I have had news several months ago from Amber. I’ll forward your message to some of Roman’s old friends. She has almost as many names as the languages she speaks. Zdenka (Croatia), Ioanna (Italy), Janet, and now Ivana (Russian?).

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