Hmmmm. Today we did our laundry and believe me it's a lovely distraction from our work schedules. Not that we have a rigid one but we remain cooped up in our room and 'try' working. The three of us always do our laundry together and it's fun when we collect our clothes and march towards the Laundry Room which is about two minutes walk from our hostel apartment.
Now what's so nice about doing the laundry, you may wonder. Well, for that matter, we have not seen Laundry Rooms in India. We wash our own clothes in our bathroom or the washerman (Dhobi in our language) does it for students in the hostel. Here we see a huge room full of washers and dryers which operate when you put coins into them; They also have instructions for different kinds of clothes. Oh, we have washing-machines in India (now don't think we have not seen them) but our house does not have a washing-machine. We wash our clothes with hands. Now you get the 'big' bathroom connection.
Then the washing goes on for 38 minutes during which we spend time chatting inside a lounge which is adjacent to the Laundry Room. That's not all. We come every fifteen minutes and check how things are going on (little knowing that everything is very efficient!!) and then the dryer.
Wow! I just like the dryer with hot air. We again transfer the clothes. Another 50 minutes and a pound. Chatting. Laughing. Wondering the way everything works. Make comparisons with India. Think what happens if the power goes off. Again wonder whether people in Belfast know how to use their hands! Listen to songs on our mobile. Laze in the lounge. Feel guilty that we waste so much time doing laundry. But nevertheless repeat the same ritual the next week and again complain.
Our clothes are a wee faded due to the heat of the water. But I must say, the dryers are quite nice. Half a day devoted to doing laundry.
Did I mention that we iron our clothes as well in that room. You would have guessed that anyway.
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