Punta Banda, Baja California Norte – The boiler repair

Our heater is leaking. Water spurts from a small hole in the boiler, besides it runs from a careless weld seam around a screw. That’s German quality – the device is only one year old. Fortunately Alfredo, the friendly owner of El Refugio campground in Punta Banda where we stopped yesterday, volunteers to drive with us to look for help. That seems to be more difficult than expected. The boiler is made of stainless steel, but so thin that nearly nobody can weld it. We have to go all the way to Ensenada, which is 20 mi / 30 km, to find a workshop. They want to repair it in-between one hour! Alfredo is so kind to go with us to a supermarket during the waiting time so that we can buy some grocery. He doesn’t only explain us the fruits and vegetables that we don’t know yet, but the spiciness of all the different chillies. Besides, the amateur cook gives us a crash course in Mexican cooking. The boiler is ready in time, the special repair done for a reasonable price, and when connecting the heater to the water back on the campground it seems to be watertight again.

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