As some of you may know when I am not running La Margarita ( umm well in truth Susana runs the guests side of it these days I am the farmer! ) I am involved with Tierra Estates , a property company I started some years ago here. One of my earlier customers was Abby who purchased here and has (not going to give her surname) decided that now is the time to sell her very nice apartment she purchased a few years ago in central BA. She wasn’t going to spend much more time here and so it was time to sell. We have been in contact over the years since we look after the apartment for her so she turned to me for advice. We got it valued and started the process to sell it – as it happened we found a buyer really fast and started the ball rolling. Since Abby wasn’t coming here to do the signing of the sale we needed to get a power of attorney so we could handle the sale for her and of course the money side of it. I said the best and least inexpensive way to do that (on our lawyers advise) was for us to send her by email a power of attorney document in Spanish and for her to take it to the Argentine Embassy in New York where they can do the power and they can also verbally translate it for her to make sure she knows what she is signing and then send it back to us.
Off she went to the embassy and spoke to someone who said ok come back in a few days and we will have it done. On returning a few days later imagine her surprise when the receptionist asked her if she could wait a few minutes since none other than the Ambassador wanted to see her. Poor flustered (her words) Abby said “I can’t I am just not dressed properly for meeting him” (having just come out of the gym!) “Don’t worry about that” the receptionist said “he just wants to have a quick word with you “. Totally flustered Abby was ushered into the Ambassadors huge office and in he came and invited her to take a seat. “What can this be about” she thought terrified? As it turned out the Ambassador was just checking that she knew what she was doing and that she knew the people she was dealing with here in Argentina. As he said there are so many Nigerian type scams in the internet he just wanted to make sure that she knew what the document meant as she was signing a power of attorney and she was happy with it. She confirmed everything was ok and the meeting was over but there you have it - an Ambassador who cares and I take a bow to him it was such a good thing to do and hats off to Argentina for having such an excellent ambassador in the USA – great stuff and great story for Abby to dine out on
This is David Cummings alias The English Gaucho hasta la proxima vez