Car owners once more
We picked up our car on Thursday afternoon.
It was a strange day. There was a heat wave, dry heat coming from Africa, so stepping outside felt like walking in a blow dryer. D ended up having one of those crazy days at work, but we had agreed to meet up early afternoon so we could be at the dealership in time to fill out car insurance forms and do whatever else was needed so we could take the car home. So after my weekly midwife appointment, I came home, ate, and packed a water bottle full of ice and water and met up with D at the main train station at 2 p.m.
We walked roughly 2 km from the closest train stop to the dealership, noting one sign said the temperature was 35 C (95 F). Crazy! The water bottle came in handy. Once there, we proceeded to the office to finalize the car insurance. None of the building was air conditioned; each agent had a personal desk fan going as everyone tried not to sweat in their work clothes. The only agent who spoke English had been only been with the company for 2 days and had to relay questions we had to his boss and was somewhat unfamiliar with the forms.
For all that, the whole process went smoothly. The dealership had taken care of re-registering the car, as well as getting the new plates. Our car saleswoman, Silke, met up with us after the insurance was finished and wanted to show us how to work the radio, etc. but we told her we were ok there. With all the travel for work, we have gotten to know how most of the current cars’ dashboards function.
We went for a late dinner out that night, at a place we’ve been wanting to try for forever. We thought it was French from the outside but it turned out to be Italian. We sat in the courtyard, it was still very warm, under a large, square, terrace-style umbrella. Just after the appetizers arrived it started to rain. Really rain. A few other parties had just left, so the waiter hastily pulled all the tables under the umbrella too. So there we were, luckily sitting at the table closest to the center of the umbrella, in a Florida worthy rain storm, surrounded by strewn tables and chairs, eating mushrooms and laughing.