Thursday, February 7, 2008


The last of my official scheduled guests has left and I think I am 'alone' for the rest of my time here in Venice. Of course, that doesnt mean I am bored...there are trips planned, organization that needs to be done for the journey home and work on getting employed once I am there. In the meantime, however, I have had lots of laundry this week.

In fact, I had 7 loads...between sheets, towels and dirty clothes, I did laundry for almost 14 hours! I actually had to stop for one day because I ran out of room of places to hang things for drying (there are very few dryers in this country). This is a such a interesting phenomenon over here. My neighbor across the way does laundry daily as it is a small family. I understand why now. If you wait until the end of the week like we do in the US, you may not be able to go out at all!

But, everything is done and clean and I am feeling accomplished. And for those of you who are wondering why I am so inefficient at laundry I have attached pics of my washing machine. Putting in 2 sheets is pushing the limit, so you can see why it takes so long. That and one load on a regular wash cycle is about 1 hour and 40 minutes. The gentle cycle comes in right at about an hour. This is one of those things that I dont think I will be missing when I return home.


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Gil said...

Still better than hand washing. Although, not much! said...

I read something about washing machine marketing that said it would be easy to introduce faster machines like the ones we have in the US (15 minute cycles).... but Italians wouldn't buy them because they wouldn't believe the clothes would be clean enough after only 15 minutes. Hence the 1 hour 40 minutes... I remember those days and don't miss them.:)