Martina Mezzetti Master Energy Healer

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Following the rules...

The past three months living in this entire new country has been a challenge regarding bureaucracy and workmentality.

Being raised in the Netherlands I know things get done when and how agreed most of the time.

Here in Panamá City Panamá you never know.

I already have so many examples but my experience today gets the crown.

Within three months after arrival into the country you need to get into the process of getting a Panamanian drivers license.

By process I mean really a process that has numerous steps and takes an incredible amount of time, energy and money as well.

Step 1 is to get my Dutch drivers validated and certificates by the Embassy of The Netherlands in Panamá.
Step 2 is to get this document certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Step 3 is to get to a Lab to get your blood tested on what type of blood group you are.
Step 4 is to go with all above and lots of copies of passport, visa and Dutch drivers license to a ticket window ( I can’t describe it differently) to proceed with process.

The interesting thing is you can’t make an appointment online. When there is a link on the website it shows only a phone number and when you dial that number (no English customer service and not friendly at all) they say in not understandable Spanish you have to make an appointment online!

So you just show up and wait till it’s your turn…

The lady at the ticket window told me they couldn’t proceed with my Panamanian drivers license, because my papers where not the right papers!

Before I contacted a lawyer which assured me the papers where in order to proceed…

On my dutch drivers license only shows my last name and in my passport my husbands last name as well.

This was a red flag…

They just couldn’t proceed and I had to go to The Dutch Embassy again and after that again to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs…

While I was waiting in line the lady that was supposed to help me was not motivated, not friendly and showed no interest of doing her best (two hours later another Panamanian holiday started)…

I felt she was looking for an error.
It took her a long time, because there was none, so she asked a collegue…

The problem as well it that they don’t understand Dutch last names here with Van den…

So eventually after another 20 minutes she noticed my last name was only showing on my drivers license and not my husbands…

Aha she found an error…

So I asked for confirmation of her decision to a collegue that spoke English…

Again 20 minutes further…

He really needed to ask his supervisor…

Another 10 minutes…

No was the answer, they couldn’t proceed…

They just couldn’t think further then Panamanian regulations and it works different in other countries.

No they need more documents, legislations and apostilles to have a look if it’s possible to proceed!

I just couldn’t believe this…
I was disappointed
I was angry
I was sad

No matter what I did or say…they couldn’t proceed…

I know I should lower my expectations,
relax and smile and just do again whatever they say, but at that moment I just couldn’t…

Sometimes I don’t want to put more energy and effort in the bureaucracy that is so normal over here…

So I have to do some inner work so it won’t upset me anymore and just go with the flow…

I have to do some more inner work to keep my patience…

I have to do some inner work regarding keeping calm and balanced no matter what…

So after all three months in this amazing country gives me plenty of opportunities and possibilities as a human being…

Now I know what my challenges are I can consciously work on them and not create anymore😉

So what about you?
What challenges are you running into in your life?

xxx Martina
www.martinamezzetti.com