Monday, May 03, 2010

Shower Troubles

Maybe those of you who travel to Europe more often can help me out and explain how to take a shower in this setup without getting water all over the floor. There’s no shower curtain or door, just this narrow plastic panel, about a foot wide. There’s a big drain on the floor of the bathroom, just outside the shower/tub, which makes me think they expect a lot of spillage.

There’s also a nice little placard that encourages guests to hang their towels back on the rack if they plan to use them again, to preserve the environment for the good of humankind. I would, if I didn’t have to throw the towel on the floor to soak up the massive puddle from the shower.

This is, as they put it, a “first world problem.” All in all, not a big deal. However, there’s clearly a technique for showering here though, because just being very, very careful is not cutting it.

5 comments:

Bob said...

That is the same in Spain, but it's a one-foot panel plus another panel of one-foot that swivels making it two feet. You still spill but there is no drain on the floor. They should show a movie as to how to shower in Europe without getting water all over the floor.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I managed to flood a similar bathroom in France that way. Maybe you're supposed to take a submarine style shower? Soap up and then turn on the water? Radisson Plaza Oslo has a shower curtain, and a tiny ledge to keep the water in. It was workable, esp. with heated floors:)

Fourth B

Asianmommy said...

Yes, I think the drain in the floor is a sign that it's impossible to shower without spilling onto the floor. Did you bring your slippers? :)

mayberry said...

I have this same problem at my mother-in-law's house, because she only has a bathtub with a shower attachment. It's not easy!

Anonymous said...

In France people sit down in the tub and hold the removable showerhead. I must admit I never quite mastered the trick of holding the showerhead and soaping up at the same time. I think you have to be born in Europe to be able to do this. However, it does keep the water in the tub.
Mme A