Washing Day.

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
Trip End May 18, 2013

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

For anyone looking to start up a new business venture, might I suggest opening a laundrette in Berlin? These simple establishments, which exist all over the world for apartment dwellers and travellers are very difficult to locate in this city.Firstly, we looked on the internet- as all computer savvy people would do. We located some which appeared to be near to our hotel and located them on a map. Alas, they turned out to be dry cleaners and laundreys which did your washing for you (at hotel rates, I might add - try six euros for one pair of undies!

Strike one. So, being fairly intelligent people we asked at the reception desk of our hotel - even asking them to ring one of the numbers so that the existence of the laundrette could be verified. Strike two. This didn't work either - even the Germans found dry cleaners, except for one promising address not too far away.

Feeling very happy with our efforts we put our dirty washing into a bag (specifically brought on the trip to disguise our dirty washing) and set off to spend a happy (if boring) few hours doing our 'housework'. No such luck! You guessed it - another dry cleaners.

This time we did what every other Aussie abroad would do - we gave up. Instead, we decided to go and do some more touristy things on the other side of town - and because we were too lazy to go back to the hotel with the aforesaid bag, we hailed a taxi and off we went.
In the taxi, Steve mentions our search. The taxi driver (God bless him) decides that he will help us in our quest for the holy grail. (Why wouldn't he ? He had us captive in the cab with the meter running!)

As he was geting directions over the phone from his wife (in German of course), Steve spots a Laundrette! Yes really! With coin in the slot machines for washing, detergent and drying. To further brighten our day, it was right next door to a little pub, where we could keep warm (and Steve could drink) while our clothes were being cleaned.

So, as with all good stories, this one had a happy ending. Clothes are clean, travellers are happy, warm, fed and watered. Off to Krakow (Poland) tomorrow for a short visit and an excursion to Auschwitz.

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Markus on

Eh? There are Waschsalons all over the place in Berlin. What is a laundrette????

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