Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A truly horrible week!

Well, I don't know when I'll next be making or posting pics of any soaps/disasters.... I went to Portugal for a week with my sister & a friend of hers. What a week! I'm absolutely knackered.

Here we go:
I got accosted by a Brazilian nutter at Gatwick airport before I'd even left the UK; the windscreen wiper flew off the hire car before we'd left the airport; I took the girls to the lovely old town of Loulé to show them around - and forgot the place shuts on a Saturday afternoon; we had 3 days & nights of the most horrendous thunderstorms so had no sleep; on the 4th day we decided to mooch around the shops because the weather was lousy and came home to find my beautiful house had been burgled :-( The scumbags kicked the door in and stole quite a lot of stuff - including my camera (complete with all my soap pics, boo hoo). I then dealt with the Portuguese police (who were wonderful by the way despite the dreadful press they've had lately) on my own - had to translate and make sure my sis & friend knew what was going on as they were both pretty freaked out by it all; spent almost 5 hours in the police station getting the right police reports for the insurance - good job I speak the language or we'd have come home with reports that were wrong and wouldn't have been able to claim anything from the insurance; arranged to have the doors repaired and secured; went to renew the hire car for a couple of extra days and watched some woman being arrested for attacking an airport worker 'cos she'd missed her flight.........on the whole it was a very weird experience!

Good things to come out of it:
1 The scumbags weren't in the house when we got home. It could have been so much worse
2 I now know I can deal with an emergency in Portuguese if I have to!
3 I didn't go to pieces even though the thing I'd dreaded the most had happened.

Anybody want to go on hols with me? Hah! I doubt it very much.

5 comments:

Lomond Soap said...

Oh dear Jo, that sounds like a nightmare week! I hope you get your nicked stuff from the insurance company. I often chance my luck without insurance when on hols, but maybe not again. Anyway, welcome home, I've missed ya :)

Croap Queen said...

Ta C. I've missed you too!
It was a really vile week and it's only just starting to catch up with me now I'm home. Please don't EVER travel without holiday insurance - spent 26 years of my life dealing with people who were ill/injured while on hols, and the ones who didn't have insurance....one woman had to sell her house to pay for her husband's hospital stay in the US.

SoapyChica said...

Oh my word JJ how did I miss this! Awful, hope you get compensated properly for the burglary. And you are still moving to Portugal eh? Well its great that you already speak the language, I know about 5 words in Spanish and I couldnt tell you what they are actually. Heres to adventures abroad!

Joanna said...

All of this sounds awful. I hope you are recovering and taking it easy....

Perhaps you can soap a creative gooey soapy loaf to take your mind off of this.

Croap Queen said...

Aww, ta ladies! I've yet to sort out the insurance stuff - the very nice policeman had a cold and I've been in bed for almost a week with the most awful flu & chest infection. Boo hoo, feeling very sorry for myself lately aren't I? Must get better and start croaping again - at least I keep myself amused doing that, wondering what disaster will lurch its way out of my kitchen.

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