The anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo has come and gone. So has our chance to stay in Spain for the full length of our travels. We lost both the Bureaucratic Battle and the Visa War; we will head out of the Schengen countries and over to the UK in mid/late July.
We always knew this might be a possibility but we thought we had everything in place with the visas we had secured before leaving. What we did not fully grasp is that a “Temporary Residence Card” is also required in order to stay in the Schengen Countries past the 90 days allowed by our passport. Spain is one of 26 counties to the Schengen Agreement. You can visit for any 90 days in a a six month period.
Getting this card turned out to be the problem. It is issued by the local police through The Provincial Brigade for Aliens and Borders. Hey, we are just two old aliens looking to become boarders for a while! The sticking point for these local bureaucrats is that we do not have a “residence”. It seems that what we wanted to do does not allow for putting us in one of the convenient boxes for processing.
Those that complain about the inefficiency of our government need to get out a little more.