A little taster. After six months of trying I was eventually able to make an appointment to get the new fancy residents card. The police open the internet window for around 5 mins a day. There's no way of knowing what time they'll open it, so you basically have to spend all day trying. Luckily I'm on holiday and so I had the time.I had employees in Spain so have a decent idea from an employment law perspective but surely it’s nothing a bit of planning couldn’t solve.
It certainly gives an insight into how some have got themselves in trouble though.
I managed to get the appointment last Thursday the 1st of April, it's for tomorrow the 9th of April. When you have appointments like this there are often taxes to pay. Some of them like this one you cannot pay online. The only way is in a bank. Many of the banks here are not even seeing customers. I tried to get an appointment with my bank but there was nothing until next week.
After a day of constant failures yesterday, I eventually got into a bank this morning , the cashier said we shouldn't really allow you to pay because the new (Covid) dates for paying are on Tuesdays and Thursdays and only between the 10th and the 20th of each month. There is absolutely no way forward planning can make a difference at times. We are at the will of a constantly changing system. Anyway thankfully she allowed me to pay but she did say the town hall won't receive the money until the 12th and that may cause a problem tomorrow but hopefully not.
When we came out of the bank. Our lass who is Spanish, so she knows the system well, said "she felt like she'd been on a two day Lord of the Rings style quest.
It can be incredibly draining and often unsuccessful.