Earlier in the week we went into town to the Internet café
for a bit of “retail therapy”. There are a few things we need to
We were determined to work out how to pay for our bus rides.
We tried paying on board the bus but they wouldn’t accept the money
– waving us on quickly so they could speed off (remember they race all
cars and buses here in Italy
– taking money only slows them down!).
We went to the bus station – they have a sign “bus
tickets not sold here – go to McDonalds”. As vegetarians we
reluctantly went in to the “ticket counter”. They sent us to the
train station to buy a ticket. Naturally they don’t sell bus tickets.
Back to McDonalds – this time a different person who spoke better English
explained we need to go to the bar in the train station – could they tell
from our faces we were ready for a drink?
In the bar was a counter selling bus tickets. Success was
within our reach. However our Italian is very limited and we failed to get the
lady to understand what we wanted. We decided to get the bus anyway and try and
explain our dilemma if we were asked where our ticket was (that would be fun!).
We have now realised that we can probably ride the busses for free although we
will try again to buy a bus ticket.
Back at the boat we decided it is the time of the year to do
a major service on the engine (we have also been motoring quite a bit so
we’ve done over the amount of hours we should have before a service)
We replaced the air in filter (no problem), the air out
filter (not too much of a problem), cleaned the sea cock filter (no problem),
filled the grease gland (no real problem but took ages to unscrew the cap), and
changed the impellor on the kitchen sink pump (ok – not really part of
We then tackled replacing the impellor on the seawater
cooling system. Now this was a problem. However after many a grunt and words
not for little cats to hear, we finally removed it – along with a loose
impellor blade. However the impellor we removed had all its blades! We have no
idea how the loose blade got there or how many years it had been hidden in the
pipes. These simple jobs took a whole day to complete. We still need to replace
the fuel and oil filters and change the coolant – we will do this another
In among all the activity of the engine service –
another boat came in for some repair work. We got up to find we had much more
light at the back of the boat, and noticed that the dry dock behind us was much
lower in the water than usual. We then saw a rather large ship heading to the
dry dock. During the course of the day we had the noise of running water as
they emptied the dry dock. It’s obviously quite a complex process as it
did take all day.
Ship entering a floating dry dock (submerged at the moment