As we guessed, it took all morning, involved five forms in triplicate, which combined with the photocopying totals around thirty pieces of paper.
As we didn’t guess, it cost 900 AR$ pesos, which was almost exactly ten times what we would have predicted. That’s more than half a month’s salary so someone won’t be eating till we get paid again.
As we also didn’t guess, we’re not even done yet; “come back in fifteen days”.
Imagine how the economic face of Argentina could be transformed if just a tiny percentage of that vast army of government-employed rubber stampers were actively engaged in doing something productive.