Monday, August 10, 2009

Taken to the cleaners

The hotel I'm staying at doesn't actually have a laundry, which I thought was on their website when I booked (though I did look at a lot of websites, I may just be mistaken). So I enquired at the desk as to where the nearest laundromat was, and she directed us as to a place around the corner.

So I gathered everything that needed washing. I hadn't had done any washing in over a week (and was nearing the end of my second rotation of underwear and socks), so I decided that I would do the people of Sweden a favour and clean the bulk of my clothes. I took them to the laundromat, which turned out to be a drycleaner with laundry services - apparently Sweden doesn't do laundromats. So I made the decision to go ahead and get my washing done, at the princely sum of 65kr a kilo (presumably dry); this price because I was in a rush for same day service.

See if you can guess if I bothered weighing my clothes.

Four hours later I returned expecting to pay around 100-120kr for my clothes. What I did pay was closer to 200kr ($40NZD), close to a third of the value of all of my clothing.

It's not exhorbitant, well not for Sweden. But when I returned to the hotel I realised that had I been more creative, I could have washed my clothes in the bathroom, and hung them up on my handy Kathmandu laundry line.

I'm not mad, just disappointed. But now I know for next time.

Here's a picture of a snake:


  1. thank god for the picture of the snake.
    that story was going nowhere

  2. I can't believe you didn't wash your clothes in the sink! I wanted more self-bashing about your stupidity. I think you wimped with the snake pic.