Most stressful day of my holiday!
Trip Start Jun 07, 2009
17Trip End Sep 06, 2009
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We didn't want to risk waiting until then for our washing to dry so figured it wouldn't be that difficult to work out and Sam put her load in herself. After what felt like hours, it was done and I replaced her load with my, desperate to be washed, load. It was all going well and I proceeded to cook myself some brunch. Our new house mates headed out after a morning nap and just as they left the power went out. Initially, I thought nothing of it and mentioned it to Sam. I then had a brain wave and went to check on my washing
I sat and stared at every single drip that dropped off my washing as the hot sun took way too long to dry it, all the while my hearty racing and my mind frantically trying to thin of any kind of explanation that wouldn't get us in trouble. Every now and then Sam would pop outside and we'd discuss strategies for how we were going to break it to them that we'd not only broken the washing machine, but also short circuited the whole apartment! It was the most stressful and intense period I'd ever gone through since I'd done something wrong as a kid and hadn't wanted to tell my parents about it!
Seconds felt like hours and the washing seemed like it was never going to get dry. Our plan was to get as much dry, as quickly as possible, before 4pm when our Nana came home from work, so that it looked like we'd just done some hand washing and the power had somehow gone out. I had visions of us having to fork out all the money in our bank accounts to get everything fixed or, have to pack up our stuff quickly, dodging hurls of abuse, and spend the next 15 hours at the bus station after getting kicked out of our room
Four hours and forty five minutes later at 3.45pm our Nana walked in to the house to get the washing, that she'd done in her "out of order" machine at 5.45am, out. Sam was inside when she came in. I was still sitting nervously outside doing washing patrol (which entailed getting up every 2 minutes to see if anything else had dried yet, and if not, turning it around or moving it to a new position closer to the sun). Sam explained to her in our Cro-English that the power had gone out. The lady went to the hot water system in the kitchen and pointed out to her that we should turn the power off there to avoid the power cutting out. She then grabbed a chair and flicked the circuit board that got the power up and running again. She then went off to do her own thing, as if nothing had happened. Sam came outside to me and I looked at her with fear and anticipation. She laughed a big laugh of relief and explained what had just gone on inside. We were both in a state of shock and delirium after the intense trauma we'd both just put ourselves through for most of the day.
We left what remained of our laundry washing on the line and finally, guilt free, headed down into the old town. We grabbed a late lunch/early dinner where mine came out with a broken rubber band in it!?!? After another 15 minute wait, my meal was replaced, stationary free, and we went to do our last bit of sightseeing in Dubrovnik. We bought a ticket to walk around the city wall which was just spectacular. We'd accidentally planned it so that we did it just as the sun was setting. It was a pretty amazing sunset on that particular night and the red sun was casting pink shadows against the cream rock buildings and marble in the old town
Once we got back down onto the ground and into the town, we wandered around the streets for a bit longer. At around 9pm we started off on the trek back home and decided to count the steps in took to get there. Exactly 400! We were shocked by the fact that each day that we'd been there, we'd been walking UP at least 800 stairs a day, let alone that same number we had to go down. Not including the hills in between, we left Dubrovnik fairly happy with the amount of exercise we'd managed to incidentally get done in a day!
Back at our apartment we got chatting to, and had a few drinks with a really nice Irish couple now staying with us. They were on their way out into town. We eventually packed, our now dry washing, when they left and didn't get to bed nearly as early as we'd hoped to considering how early we had to be up.