Sunday, July 4, 2010
A hose in the bathroom? What on Earth is happening in bathrooms in Rio de Janeiro that make a hose a necessary installation?!
That was my first instinct. Luckily, my first apartment in Rio de Janeiro had 2 bathrooms, one with a bidet. It's not like I've ever used a bidet. I'm American and we prefer rubbing the first layer of skin off with dry toilet paper as opposed to a little spritz spritz. I was so on the American band wagon. I could hardly manage the switch over to the bidet. I didn't even try the hose.
4 years later, I will never live in a place without what I call, a butt hose. It's the best thing since sliced bread. Hell, it's the best thing since oxygen. It does require a little learned coordination. I have accidentally sprayed the ceiling, my back, the toilet seat, the sink, and everything else in the bathroom. I think one time I did all of these things in one go.
I'm telling you. TMI but there's nothing like a little hose off after dropping the kiddies at the pool. You will never feel the same about toilet paper again.
Let yourself warm up to the hose for a couple of days. While doing your business, take it off it's hook and hold it. Get the feeling of the hose. It is your friend. Then one special day, turn it on and try it out. Be careful not to turn it up too high. They can pack some serious pressure and there are some things you don't want shot back up.
If you are thinking you'll just stick to a bidet, beware. The loveliness of the bidet is quickly becoming a thing of the past. The hose is smaller, compact, doesn't require location changing, and is cheaper to install. Not to mention, no bidet means a lot more space in an already small bathroom.
So when you get to your apartment, hotel, hostel, or Carioca public bathroom, check out the hose. On second thought, maybe not in the public bathroom. Goodness knows what that hose has seen!