At some point we checked all of our cards, documents, insurance, etc. for expiry dates. Somehow my driverslicence slipped through and in the first days of April I discovered that my driverslicence would expire in october 2019, so I had to extend it.
Since I am registered as a non-residant, it was not so easy to extended my driverslicence. Normally it takes 5 working days. Now it took around 5 weeks ☹️. I tried to speed up the proces so I would have my new driverslincence before I left, but in reality it took a lot of extra paperwork, phonecalls, explanations to civel servants (because they couldn’t or didn’t know how to help me) and on May 3rd I was told that my driverslicence wouldn’t be ready for at least 1 week, so I decided to ride to Budapest without a driverslicence, because I had to hand in my old driverslicence according to the non-residant-procedure.
On May 8th I got a message that my driverslicence would be ready on May 13th. So I bought an airplaneticket from Budapest to Eindhoven. Budapest happened to be in the neighborhood. I went back to the Netherlands to collect my driverslicence in person.
From now on I can legally resume the journey. So far so good for this bureaucratic adventure.
And every disadvantage has it’s advantage (Johan Cruijff); it is my mothers birthday today, so she was totally flabbergasted to see me in person. I just had enough time to stop by, congratulate her and eat a piece of birthdaycake before my plane went back to Budapest.