Tuesday, May 18, 2010

For Expats in Turku part 2-Where to do your laundry

Lady Bug, Lady Bug fly away home.
Your house is on fire, but your laundry is done!

One of the hardest things about living overseas can be doing your laundry. We missed our big American washer and drier almost as much as our dog and our friends.

The best laundry option for us was the friendly, comfortable restaurant Kerttu (Lady Bug) on Läntinen pitkäkatu near the railway station. They have 2 washers and driers that you can reserve in advance by telephone. It is 3.50 per washer and you pay the cashier.

Almost everyone there speaks English and the employees that don't are very forgiving of bad Finnish.

I once requested "kaksi pesuhuone, ja salaatti, ja keittiö" or 2 wash rooms, and salad and the kitchen. I often had the soup (keitto) and salad at Kerttu if I was washing during the day. For washing at night I found that a glass of wine during the wash and a second during the dry made the laundry tolerable.

It is a very friendly neighborhood pub with large tables and a cast of regulars. Some nights Kerttu would be full of fantasy gamers playing Carcassonne or Vampire. On other nights the large table would be crowded with knitters from the Åbo-Turku knitters group on Ravelry.

The laundry takes time, but with a good book and a glass of wine it is a restful chore.

P.S. Finnish for washing machine is pesukone (not pesuhuone).

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