Dressing Down and Peruvian Chops

Today, I had to ask one of those dumb questions.

Ever since we have been south of the U.S., the typical laundromat as we knew it ceased to exist. For the most part, you have to find a lavanderia in your town and go drop it off and hope for the best. If you are lucky, the place you are staying will do it when they have time.ย  Since we’re camping in the back yard of a hotel, they have folks here that will do it for about 5 soles per kilo (not bad, but not exactly cheap either.)

Anyway, it occurred to me that every time we drop off our laundry there seems to be an issue when we pick it up. For example, we drop off 3 bags and there are only 2 when we return, etc. Eventually it all gets sorted out, but some times things just disappear into the ether. It never works the other way around – we haven’t ever gained anything new.

So, I had to wonder, how do they mix up all those clothes (they do mix them up) and then somehow know what belongs to whom. Unfortunately, I wondered this aloud.

Angela looked at me like an idiot (i.e. the normal look) and said “Easy. They just pile together all the stuff with a VW on it and it’s yours.”

I walked behind the back fence to all the clothes lines and took a look for myself. Seems about right.

The thing is, I’m pretty sure I didn’t own a single VW themed T-shirt (okay, maybe that one) before we left. One of the odd benefits of running into so many VW clubs and great VW folks on the trip is that they have essentially clothed me for the past year and a half.


Oh, and the chops are coming in nicely – just grayer than I expected. Angela said something like “it’s starting to look like you’ve done that on purpose.”ย  Tough audience – I’ll have to take that as a compliment. You try living this close for so long…

7 thoughts on “Dressing Down and Peruvian Chops

  • March 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    NICE one of bode – oh yeah, jason too.

  • March 11, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    I think the chops give you a kind of Neil Young look. Can you play Cinnamon Girl or Rockin in the Free World?

  • March 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Hi, guys,
    I have just discovered your blog and to say I love it is an understatement. While going through the archives, I was shocked and delighted to see that you had stopped in Hayfork, CA early on in your travels. I had to laugh to see people I know all too well in your photos of the Trinity County Fair. Anyhow, your journey is amazing. If you decide to come to the Trinity County Fair again, you’ve got a place to stay.

  • March 14, 2011 at 1:07 PM


    no worries there – we just want to be the first to do it with a kid named Bode ๐Ÿ˜‰ There have certainly been plenty of VW Vagabonds. Ratwell has a list of VW bus adventures, and of course our friends Franck and Iris just completed their RTW in a VW bus. The distance trophy goes to these folks, though ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • March 14, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    We really enjoyed the fair in Hayfork, so I imagine we’ll be back one day.
    We just may take you up on your offer ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • March 14, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Jason, are you also growing adamantine claws?

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