The Seasoned Traveler’s Soaked Bathrooms
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com’s Travel Blogger
I’m a pretty good traveler.
Actually, I’m a really good traveler.
I’m easy going, handle changes well, rarely complain and enjoy being places different from home. Especially Europe.
But no matter how many times I go to Europe, I am always confounded by one thing: those European shower heads.
These are not like the ones here in America, which are affixed to the wall. Instead, they dangle on their own and when you turn them on, they take on a personality thier own. No matter how much I try and control them, they act as independent as a cat.
I first encountered this contraption in the Greek Islands. I had never seen one before and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. After all, with water spraying out of it, where do you put it when you lather up with soap and shampoo?
Needless to say, despite repeated trips to Greece, I never did get the hang of it. I would soak everything in the bathroom to the point my friends always made sure they had taken their showers first and cleared out all of their stuff because they knew I would soak everything in the room.
In European cities, and in finer hotels than the pensions I stayed at in Greece, I expected things to be more civil. But that’s not the case. I even have trouble in 5-star hotels.
Sure, the nicer places have a bar where the shower head slides up and down to different positions. But I can never ever get it to stay affixed, and it slides down the bar as I’m taking a shower, causing me to bend down further and further until I’m practically on my knees in the tub.
I also have the problem of the shower head not pointing straight ahead. Instead, it positions itself to one side and I have to continually move it over which, of course, winds up soaking everything withing 10 feet – the floor, the toilet, my clothes if they are in the wrong spot.
As this is happening, I keep asking myself the same question over and over again: why can’t the Europeans get this shower thing right!?
Oh, and sometimes they make it impossible to take a shower at all by having bizarre designs on the faucet that are impossible to figure out without and engineering degree. One in Switzerland was so complicated that, after carefully studying it for a good 10 minutes, I finally have up and wound up sitting on my knees in the tub, splashing water all over me from the faucet.
I love everything about Europe, except each morning, I know I’m going to face this one challenge: taking a shower.