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May 10 2013

Keepin’ it Clean!

As I travelled around the world, I saw and experienced lots of new and unusual things.  This Foto Friday is a prime example but can you guess what my new experience was and where I was at the time?clean, shower, everest base camp, trek, nepal

There are no prizes for guessing correctly but did you have a go?  Well, if you did, let’s see if you were correct.

It was Day 6 of a 14-day trek to Everest Base Camp.  As it’s important for your body to acclimatise to the ever-increasing altitude, we had a rest day in Dingbouche.  It is about 4,500 metres above sea level so we were pretty high by that point.  I was very happy to rest there because the scenery was spectacular and I had the chance to sit back and enjoy it.

The other reason why I was so happy was that it had… wait for it…. a shower.  Not only that, it was a hot shower.  I couldn’t believe my luck after days of washing in cold water.  That’s not much fun when the weather’s cold.  I could barely contain my excitement.  That was until… I saw the shower cubicle: A teeny, weeny corrugated iron cabin outside.  I have to honest and confess that I was a little taken aback when I was first shown the cubicle but I really wanted and, by that point, needed a shower and it had HOT water.  I couldn’t miss out on that opportunity!

I grabbed my stuff and entered the shower cubicle.  It was great because I had hot water on tap.  That was until the water stopped flowing.  I had been forewarned about that so I followed the instructions I had been given by the owner, which were as follows:  ‘When the water stops, knock on the door and I will refill it for you’.  So, I did as instructed, knocked the door, heard some clambering around overhead, and then moments later the water started again once he had refilled the bottle on the roof.

It was a surreal experience showering in this little metal cubicle surrounded by the most amazing scenery.  It’s one of those amusing experiences I will fondly remember forever.

Just in case you weren’t sure: The new experience was showering in a manual shower in a metal cubicle at a high altitude and the place was Dingbouche in Nepal.  Did you guess correctly?

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If you are staying in guesthouses as you trek to Everest Base Camp, you will probably stop here to acclimatise.

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Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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