Lazy laundry day
05 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
10 24.394 N
75 32.692 W
Weather; sunny, wind n/a, waves n/a
Hump day, the go slow is definitely on today neither of us wanted to do very much and it took a while for us to get motivated to even get in the shower and get dressed. Gerry, once he was in a decent enough state to go out decided that he would take a trip into what he had been told was the place to get a sim card for the phone. As I waved him off I contemplated doing nothing - this turned into stripping the bed and sorting the dirty laundry, packing it into a bag then into the fabulous caddy concept bag on wheels that we use transport dirty stuff from the boat to the laundry. It doesn't sound like I did much really but I can assure you that it takes more time and effort than I care to admit to! I even remembered to put the laundry detergent and drier softener sheets in the bag. Gerry returned with good news, he had found the place with no problem but it turned out that it was just a communications company and not a cell phone store so there was sim card to buy there but they pointed out a place across the road and a short distance further that was more a small office works type of place and he should try there. It wasn't the most obvious place for a sim card but sure enough they sold them. Using his best excuse for Spanish and the aid of Google translate he managed to get the assistant to pull up the sim card options and picked the one that he wanted, bought and paid for it then the assistant rang the number to make sure that it worked before Gerry left the store. We were in business, and now have a local phone number should we need it. By the time we get back to Australia we will have had so many phone numbers that even we won't be able to quote a contact number! The good thing is that we have data available so that when we leave the marina and go out to anchor we will still have the ability to send emails, load new books to our kindles and of course watch TV (Netflix has become an addiction that Gerry couldn't manage without). We managed without all this technology the last time we did this trip 11 years ago, but I recall many trips ashore then to access internet for sending email, posting blogs and visits to any place that did book exchange - we carried so many books last time that it must have weighted down the boat no end and we watched no TV what so ever last time, plenty of "I Spy" games though - how different things are this time around! By the time he returned to the boat I had the laundry ready to go, there is a laundry within the Marina were the wash, dry and fold is done for you, there is only one washing machine and one drier and no option for you doing your own laundry - you have to have the lady do it for you. We fiddled around having a cold drink and Gerry needed to sit in the cool to get over the walk he had just done and as it takes both of us to get the laundry bag off of the boat and on to the dock it got put off for a while then we remembered that the laundry was closed for lunch but neither of us were sure about what time so we went with the lunch hour that we knew the office girls here take - from 1 to 2 pm and left taking the laundry ashore until then. When we finally got to the laundry it was open, there were 3 bags of laundry waiting to be done and the lady said that ours would be ready "manana", Gerry pulled a face and asked if it would be possible to have it back today as our bed sheets were part of the wash. Talk about put the poor woman under pressure, we have 3 other sets of sheets but Gerry hates leaving our laundry overnight as we have had things disappear before now when it's been left and there was really nothing in this particular load that we couldn't manage without if it did go missing. Anyway the very nice lady calculated the time and told us that she could have it done by 5 pm, her closing hour and that it would cost us about US$8 - cheap as! I pointed out the bottle of laundry liquid and drier sheets as we are never sure that that the wash dry and fold service includes these items, we have had laundry returned before now which I'm certain was washed in just plain cold water! Back to the boat Gerry accessed his "Nothing box" whilst I browsed through the blog of our last time here and was surprised to find that we only spent less than a week here, we packed the touring stuff in last time around so this time we are taking our time and getting around to it. We were also a bit surprised to find that we are so far ahead of our schedule from last time, we have weeks up our sleeve before we need to go through the Panama Canal. At least this time around we can pick and choose a bit more as far as the weather windows go (not that you would think that after our trip from Curacao to here, but we can only go on the weather forecasts that we get and they are notoriously wrong at times). One other thing that Gerry managed to find whilst he was out searching for a sim card was the tourist bus, he made enquiries and found out
what it cost, where it goes and some sort of time table, its looking like a good place to start when we get motivated to do the sightseeing stuff. I seem to recall that we walked almost everywhere last time - it's not a happening thing this time given my knee situation, advancing years and the heat, it will be something to look forward to in the next few days. Gerry went to collect the clean laundry without my help, I just assisted in getting it back onto the boat and unpacking then stowing it away. Cocktail hour was soon upon us followed by dinner and another new Netflix series - Gerry has taken a liking to picking Scandinavian stuff with sub titles so you have to watch to understand what is going on, no playing computer games at the same time! That was it for another exciting day of doing nothing, maybe we'll have more to tell you tomorrow.