It is incredible. Usually when I go fishing for two weeks it takes in the beginning some days to adjust and then a period of deep relaxation begins. This time everything is so different. In the last ten days I have been to the city six times to get an opinion or repairment of my car. Going to the city by car and returning by running, getting a lift or running to the city and returning by car, there were many different ways away from the place I wanted to be; at the side of Caroline waiting for some action of carp. Or like yesterday when I got a lift to the city of a nice guy from Switzerland who is on the road together with his dog since December. I went to buy mouse traps which I placed in the car on the parking of the garage where they test what the problem could be of my broken fifth gear. Today then I wanted to fetch my car now knowing that it is really my transmission that is broken. But couldn’t fetch the car as the transmission is not properly closed again or so. Through my window I could see two dead mice in the traps. That makes now in total four. Tomorrow then I need to return to the city and get my car, still not repaired. It seems that there is no-one in this region that can fix a transmisson of a VW transporter. The only solution they offer is to send my transmission some hundred kilometres to Bordeaux where it can be rebuilt. For just 3000 €. Something that costs in Germany around 1200 €.
That’s that about the car. Something different of last night was a lovely couple that abandonned their dog at the parking in purpose. The dog slept in our tent, totally confused and crying. We thought about keeping it or bringing it to a pound. But today the owners came back asking if this is our dog or a lost one. Of course, it was obvious that the dog recognised them but they played fool wanting us make believe that they wanted to help with this abandonned dog. So they took the dog again with them. Just after one day with us, the dog actually preferred to stay with us and it was sad to realize that.
Luckily the carp arrived in our small bay and we were able to catch another six fish up to 15kg or so. But angling is really just a side project right now. We gotta fix the mouse problem and especially the car. And I think to fix the car properly and payable we need to turn round, head North to the darker and rainier Germany. I received an offer of 1500€ for the repair instead of in total 3500€ here. To save 2000€ minus the travel expenses we need to have a short fishing break. Merde.
Some days earlier I wrote in German on the Korda site: http://de.korda.co.uk/karpfenangelnnews/?id=507
And this is what good friend Jens writes about us in Dutch, cheers for that. http://debootsjongen.be/2014/02/11/gipsy-life/
That’s that for today. It rains, the wind is blowing and the rods are well positioned. All of the action came here in the night and the carp are getting bigger every day. We are ready for some positive surprises!
Cheers, Alexander and Caroline.