Rescue me!

Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
Trip End Jul 15, 2013

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Well this morning got off to an almost disastrous start! We were the last to leave the school as everyone else had left, either to go home or go away for the weekend. We needed to leave our keys behind....the school has 2 main doors both of which require a key in order to get in and out...Andy went to put the keys in the pot in the kitchen and returned closing and therefore locking the door behind him. Suddenly he pulls his panic face, which is very distinctive and theatrical..I dont panic overly as Andy can be a bit of a drama queen and it could be that he has left a pair of pants hanging on the line...but then his hand comes up to his head and I realise this is probably quite serious.

Yes we have managed to lock ourselves between the 2 doors and we are stuck in reception. We kiss our 10am bus which we had already booked tickets for goodbye! This proved a fantastic time to learn that not one of our three phones appear to work, which means we can not get through to margo or anyone in fact to rescue us and we know that no one is due back to the school until late the next day. Andy starts talking about lack of water until I remind him we do have water and biscuits, then begins talking about smashing windows. He gradually recovers from this and we email Margo, Andrea (our tango teacher), Wolfgang and anyone we think can save us. Then after doing everything we can to make contact, we begin to try other options. It turns out we are not master criminals and can not pick a lock with a hair pin, I think we should go on a course. I will email Richmond adult college and suggest they put on a criminal skills course, I think it will prove very popular.

It was a source of great amusement to me to watch Andy attempt to do a wee into a bottle, considering he struggles to get it in the toilet, a bottle is a real achievement! I don't think I helped by making him laugh...

Then the window smashing becomes a real possibility. We have a ferry to catch at 5 from Colonia and it would mean more wasted tickets. There is a very handy steel pole and a rock in reception for the job. However on closer inspection Andy decides that we would have to pay to replace the whole door if we smash the window. This will come to more than all the tickets together. We wait a bit longer.... two and a half hours later when we pay no attention anymore to people near the door or keys jangling who should appear at the front window but Margo who was surprised to see us camped out in the hall. We have never been so happy to see someone in our lives! She was there by complete fluke as she doesn't check her emails often and was only there at the weekend as her daughter was doing something nearby.

We are saved!

We get a lift to the bus station and would you believe after an unconvincing excuse of getting lost (it was too complicated to explain the real reason in Spanish) the lady at the bus company changed our tickets for free! So we only ended up two and a half hours behind schedule, instead of sleeping the night in reception and at no extra cost. Result!

It did mean we only got a quick hour to look around Colonia before the ferry (buquebus - such a cute name) but it could have been a lot worse. Colonia is a pretty, historical town and it would have been nice to enjoy a long lunch in a restaurant instead of frantically searching for a sandwich which did not exist. It was nearly 4 at this point and if Andy didn't feed me I was going to kill him! That place needs a bakery or something.

We were on the colonia express which was a small boat dwarfed but the massive main ferries, but it got us to Buenos Aires in a hour and 20 minutes (well with the time change it only cost us 20 minutes) Got the taxi to our hostel to be told we had been moved to a hostel round the corner down the main street Florida. So we trekked off again, then were sent to get money and finally flopped down in our room! Phew!
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Dawny on

Your most hilarious entry to date! Enjoying your blog muchly x

Nic on

Actually crying with laughter reading this! Bloody brilliant but glad you were rescued before you had to pee in a bottle Ott! X

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