Hang in there John. I'm reminded of waiting a week at Al Udeid for a Space A (available) flight to beautiful Bagram. Merely a lowly contractor. But after 2-1/2 years in Iraq, waiting was second nature.
My first overseas stint was two years in Trinidad. It took me a year to finally slip into the local mindset and shake my Western sense of time.
I paypaled you another day or two. Put an asterick by ex_MGB if you will. For what it's worth, I vote for the sea route...