I’d like to think it was just coincidence that the only passenger left stranded at the Argentinian border crossing just happened to be English
I’d gone to see those spectacular Iguazu waterfalls from the Argentinian side of the border, a journey which involved the bureaucratic crossing of the frontier
When you get to the crossing you have to get out and get your passport stamped and if you are an idiot – like me – you also take the opportunity to change Brazilian Real to Argentinian Peso
In theory the bus should wait for you if you are quick.
I was the first to get my passport stamped and thought I had time to change currency
I did have time to change currency
But I hadn’t reckoned with the Slowest Money Changer In The World
He licked the end of his pencil. Sighed and then began the tortuous process of getting his Amstrad style computer to do the maths
I swear he must have tapped the keys a thousand times as I grew increasingly fidgety and impatient. Then, just as I thought the labyrinthine process was completed,he tapped out another complicated sequence of strokes that could have harboured the code to the United States’ nuclear first strike capability
He asked for my passport. Then I swear he smiled
I heard the bus rev up and move on just as he was making me sign my signature for the fourth time.
I walked out just in time to see the bus disappear into the distance. Leaving me to wait an hour for the next one
Thank you, Jeremy Clarkson