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What's the obsession with the size of bathrooms?

Nov 29th, 2007, 12:17 AM
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To those who complain about slow drains, others might retort something about excessive use of water. I think it goes without saying that most Europeans do not use showers the same way that Americans do -- otherwise the very common hand held shower head would not exist.
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Nov 29th, 2007, 04:15 AM
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<"As I've mentioned before; some people (mostly men) say "no", and some people (mostly women) say "yes".">..whether or not size matters will remain forever in the limbo of unanswered questions...>

<<I had no idea that gender was so important in perception of the ideal size of bathrooms, but after giving some thought on Ira's and Nikki's comments I think I understand the logic behind>

I don't think Ira was speaking of bathroom size...
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Nov 29th, 2007, 06:02 AM
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" I think it goes without saying that most Europeans do not use showers the same way that Americans do -- otherwise the very common hand held shower head would not exist."

Are you saying what I think you're saying?
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Nov 29th, 2007, 06:04 AM
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Nov 29th, 2007, 06:13 AM
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>In many older european hotels truly tiny bathrooms have been retrofitted into what was a closet or a corner of the room. And they contain a toilet, a mini-sink (with no place to put toiletries) and a minute shower stall in which it is practically impossible to even wash you hair (since there is no fixed shower head - but just a snake/hose with tiny shower attachment).

That's a good point. We recently stayed at a well-recommended hotel in Venice and the floor space in the bathroom was so small that I wondered how tall people would fit. I'm only 5'2" and not heavy and felt a little uncomfortable in it.

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Nov 29th, 2007, 06:28 AM
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Yes, WillTravel it was the Parlamento, but in fairness it was also their single room, so other rooms may certainly be different.

I can and have dealt with lack of counter space and tight quarters in the stall itself, that's fine. I can and have even dealt with the handheld shower and no curtain/door. But this one was the triathalon in my eyes.
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Nov 29th, 2007, 06:30 AM
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>Showering in an outdoor shower somewhere in the wilderness hills of India ....

Once upon a time we took our small sail boat (Cal 25) across the Chesapeake bay to Oxford and tied up Mediterranean style at the town dock. (That is another story.)

There being no shower on board, and having spent a somewhat hot and sweaty day at the tiller, I took a bucket and a bar of soap over to the public water faucet.

During the course of my ablutions, the ferry from Bellevue pulled in.

The tourists were treated to the sight of a "native" washing himself at the public fountain.

Quite a lot of excitement.


I was wearing a bathing suit.
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Nov 29th, 2007, 06:54 AM
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I'm half expecting to see trip photos that include bathrooms

And yes, I do have one of the outdoor shower in Ada, Ghana. It was three walls of cement, no roof, and a rickety wooden door. Had to go early to get water (unheated, from a large plastic drum). But we rated it the best in Ghana because it had water pressure. These are my memories of XMAS 2005.
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Nov 29th, 2007, 07:07 AM
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Oh, Michel, I always take a picture of my hotel room and the bathroom! Doesn't everybody?

We've always had an (enclosed) outdoor shower at Nag's Head (Outerbanks, NC) and it's wonderful! I always feel so clean after an afternoon of laying on the beach, swimming in the ocean, and then scrubbing down in the fresh air ocean breezes! There are several indoor bathtubs and showers but nobody ever uses them -- we all prefer the outdoor shower.
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Nov 29th, 2007, 07:20 AM
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I took a photo of my very modern bathroom in Saigon, with the front of the toilet coming to within one inch of the end of the bathtub. Don't even try to imagine the setup -- the fixtures seemed to have been installed at random by someone who had never seen a photo of a Western bathroom. There was no way I could sit on the toilet normally, not even by dangling my legs into the bathtub. I finally figured out that I could sit on the toilet backwards while hugging the tank, and I was just glad that it wasn't an emergency, because I don't know if I could have figured it out fast enough if I had been in a hurry.
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Nov 29th, 2007, 07:30 AM
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kerouac -- picturing that gave me my first out-loud laugh of the day!
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Nov 29th, 2007, 07:33 AM
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Kerouac, my 90 year old Japanese father in law always sits on the loo as you describe. Don't ask me how I know!
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Nov 29th, 2007, 10:01 AM
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Actually, when you think about it, it is quite logical.
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Nov 29th, 2007, 10:01 AM
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I used to do that as a kid and had the runs - it allowed me to sit long periods of time on the toilet and have a place to rest my book while reading
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Nov 29th, 2007, 11:20 AM
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Here's one I didn't try out:

http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=...&x=0&y=-vcjsun
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Nov 29th, 2007, 02:09 PM
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Amy, was that room 90? I bet I stayed in the same room before! You could seriously hurt yourself if you tripped over that bidet getting in or out of the shower.

I've stayed in 3 rooms at the Parlamento now - the other ones were more normal sized.

Put me in the LOVES big bathrooms category. I just got back from Portugal and stayed at a Relais et Chateaux in Coimbra - Quintas das Lagrimas. *Huge* bathroom, jacuzzi tub, marble floors, endless granite countertops - ahhh. While I certainly don't mind the Parlamento experience above, I prefer that my hotel rooms would be like my master bed/bathroom at home.
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Nov 29th, 2007, 02:15 PM
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The bathrooms in my small house are relatively small. But the "American obsession" with larger bathrooms is:

1) One does want to be able to fit into the shower stall, even when one's BMI is exactly what one's doctor says it should be.

2) On the way into the shower, if one should trip, one does not wish to end up in the toilet or bidet.

3) If one is lucky enough to have a full bathtub in one's room, it should accomodate a tall adult person, as opposed to some preschool-elementary school single-digit aged child.

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Nov 29th, 2007, 03:04 PM
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A real small bathroom doesn't ruin my trip but it is nice to be able to lean down in the shower if one drops the soap, lol. And it is great to have a shower door or at least a shower curtain so the bathroom doesn't get completely wet when one takes a shower. And having a shelf or something to put your bathroom supplies on is so great, to put it midly.

Some hotels in Italy do have really small bathrooms and showers. Probably because they were built before rooms had ensuite bathrooms.

However I have been into so many homes all over Italy and one thing I have always noticed is that the bathrooms in Italians residences are usually quite large and very nice. A lot of them will have the washer and dryer (if they have a dryer of course) in the bathroom. It always seems to me that bathrooms in private homes are actually nicer than the kitchen.
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Nov 29th, 2007, 04:10 PM
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When you lie down in bed and your feet are in the bathroom sink you know your room AND bathroom are too small.
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