Friday, January 25, 2013

Day 13, Porto, 0 km

Laundry troubles
Se cathedra

Last night, the girl who checked us in took our laundry and said it would be washed, dried, and folded for us by evening. Yes! Finally, clean clothes.

We took a walk, following the camino in reverse down to Se Cathedral to get our Credentials stamped. The rain took a lot of the excitement away, and soiled sight seeing and photography but we enjoyed the narrow winding streets up and down hills. We arrived at Se Cathedral at 12:29.

Pro tip: the cathedral closes from 12:30- 2:30 so plan accordingly. We just made it but didn't get to look around.

We continued down to the river, took a few pictures before more rain and clouds rolled in and we could barely see the Port wineries across the way any more. We wound our way back up to our hotel area, scrounged some lunch, and went back to our rooms. It was kind of a wasted day.

In the evening, we got our laundry back. Yeah! Wait, why does it smell worse? What are these white streaks on everything? Obviously, she'd overloaded the washed so the soap didn't dissolve and hadn't put the clothes in the dryer immediately. We took it back down. The girl insisted that she did everything correctly but, after talking to another employee, said that her replacement will do it over night. I had zero confidence and thought we should just accept dry clothes rather than risk having wet clothes tomorrow. The space heaters in the rooms were already working overtime drying our boots.

Amazingly, we got our laundry, fresh and folded early in the morning. Thank you, guy who knows how to use a washing machine and dryer.

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