The dirty business of laundry
27 May 2011 | Colon, Panama
So, we phone up the office in charge of dates and heh presto, our date has been changed to 29 May (Sunday) with a chance it may be Saturday, so that's better! Whit, Lochy and I head to the laundromat to do about 5 loads of washing. Unfortunately, the taxi driver took us to the dodgiest part of town and Whit got his bag snatched, complete with his computer, cameras and his and my wallet (that I had given to him for safe keeping!) The police came along within 10 minutes and we spent the next 6 hours at the police station giving statements and descriptions. Lochy by far got the best look at the kids as they nearly took his Harry Potter book, whereas Whit and I were so incredulous we didn't even look at them. They very inconveniently snatched his bag before we had tumbled our washing (pouring with rain) and we then proceeded to carry 5 bags of wet laundry around in the police cars, looking like right plonkers. Today, as I hung them out to dry, I realised they were ponging due to being wet all day, so I still have to do it all again! Crap for Whit to lose his computer, however, luckily, we were all fine and that's the main thing. Having cancelled all our cards today, we were relieved that no money had gone out of accounts (they had plenty in cash, anyway.) The police station phoned club nautico who sent along their agent (who we are not using) who spent the day being our interpreters and promising that they would drive to the area as they know the gang leader and get our stuff back. We are not holding our breaths. When we told our agent, Erick, he said “that's why I don't come over to Club Nautico area; it's too dangerous.” We still haven't met him! Whilst we were gone, Mark and Mia had successfully signed us in to Colon, luckily with all our passports, so at least we have those.
Latest update - we transit tomorrow: Saturday 28 May. Yippee!!