May 10th "Red
day soon I will be able to explain some of the read tape issues and what
they relate to. For now my fight with Spanish bureaucracy goes on with
little complaint, so guess I should give up on calling it a fight. Perhaps
I built it up to be a little worse than it actually is. So far several
government offices have been visited with much success and little wait.
Once things are over I'll hopefully have a full report. Having connections
does help immensely. Between a family member and a friend I've managed
to shave a month or two off this entire process. While not in all cases
get used to this little red thing in the photo. You'll often have to take
a number and wait your turn - keep your eye on the number which flashes
on the little screen. This system is of course in place just about everywhere
you go even if you're not in a government office: banks, groceries and
other stores make good use of the ticket dispenser. Whoever is selling
them has found a good business.