Kuta (Bali), Indonesia
Too-low showers or free-dangling hand-held showerheads—a problem that I just can't seem to wash myself of…
Bathroom checks should be a standard part of a possible room evaluation for any good traveler. Questions race through your head in a split second, checking for answers.
- Is it clean (enough to use)?
- Does it have a toilet?
- Is it eastern or western?
- Is it missing the toilet seat?
- Does the toilet flush? Can I put toilet paper in it? Does it flush with enough force?
- Does the shower have hot water? If so, is it "solar"—meaning there's just a black tub on the roof that warms with the sun—or does it come from an electric or gas heater?
- Can I feel the warm water when I test the shower, or is it broken?
- Is there a drain on the floor, or am I going to have to stand in a puddle of water because there's no shower curtain?
- Is there a mirror above the sink?
One of the other questions I have to ask myself is how much effort I want to exert to simply shower. Many showers are built to absurd specifications, placing protruding showerheads at the mid-chest level. Other accommodations seem to favor the free-dangling handheld showerhead, with no way to secure it to the wall—meaning I have to keep an arm stretched above my head for the duration of my shower.
Here at the AP Inn in Kuta, I'm plagued by the annoying aftermath of lazy workmanship. The dangling showerhead in the bathroom has a wall mounting, but it was placed at nipple-height for no apparent reason. I know the people are of smaller stature in this region of the world, but this place is a tourist hotel in the middle of a town swarming with Aussies.
With plenty of length left on the hose, all I can do is blame the lazy worker who didn't feel like lifting his arm to install mount —instead, opting to make me lift mine every time I shower.