One of the most pleasant activities during my stay in England was sitting around in brother Alan’s kitchen reading newspapers, something I never do here, and drinking lots of Lapsang Souchong tea.
Cannot hope to read Japanese newspapers but I can drink Lapsang Souchong. Well, it turns out to be difficult to find this tea in Okinawa, for me at least. I track down a tea shop called Lupicia but to my horror, I find that it is located in the in the Aeon Rycom shopping Mall. This is a enormous complex. I have only been once and it took days to recover. I hate shopping. I get claustrophobia.
Notwithstanding, I set out on Sunday afternoon to buy tea. Big mistake! First Google maps takes me to another Aeon mall. I waste an hour. As I approach the Rycom mall, a huge traffic jam evolves. I am completely jammed in with cars to the left of me, cars to the right of me that rattle and thunder. After another hour I finally steer the car into the mall. All the parking lots are full. There is a traffic jam in the parking area. I have a panic attack and give up all hope of getting into the mall. There are so many cars , so many people. So I spend 3 hours failing to buy tea.
The backdrop to this is more terrible weather.
The typhoon rips out the eyelets that hold the ropes that connect the cover to the boom. The boat fills up with water, as usual.
Another typhoon is on the way so I strengthen everything and cross my fingers.
Of course, no sailing. Not much fun lately.
Fear not – Lapsang Souchong will be available in bulk when you next return to Blighty. Further supplies can be arranged. Could always ship all those newspapers but they’d be a mite out of date on arrival.
Must be a way of getting a heavier duty cockpit cover from somewhere – what do the locals do?
ALAS! what a day you had. I will gladly send you some Lapsang Souchong if you will but provide an address.
Dreich, dreich. I suspect that an external cover will always be vulnerable. I will ask N Thompson boats about an internal one.