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So long as we are airing such gripes, why are there so rarely hooks on the backs of the doors in albergue showers? 🤔

Many years ago when I was planning my first camino, someone on here suggested that I make a home-made S hook for use in showers. My husband made me one from an old wire coat hanger and I use it all the time... often showing it off with pride as other pilgrims oooh and ahhh at my precious little shower jewel 🤭
 

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Why are there no soap dishes in Spanish showers?


And why do they put a little beer-cooler or foot wash (never could decide) next to the toilet?

Has the concept of the absorbent towel - or indeed the towel larger than a table-napkin ever made its way to Spain?
 
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And why do they put a little beer-cooler or foot wash (never could decide) next to the toilet?

Has the concept of the absorbent towel - or indeed the towel larger than a table-napkin ever made its way to Spain?

Not sure I've seen that one?
 

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Just as bizarre. I recently stayed a place where the ceramic toilet paper holder had an ash tray molded on its top.
I am so old that I remember those ash trays in most toilets before non-smoking rules arrived.
 
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Many years ago when I was planning my first camino, someone on here suggested that I make a home-made S hook for use in showers. My husband made me one from an old wire coat hanger and I use it all the time... often showing it off with pride as other pilgrims oooh and ahhh at my precious little shower jewel 🤭
Hi Les - your S hook sounds genius! Well done and thanks to your husband.
What about posting a photo of it on this thread so we can make our own - what a great thing to share and it's also a terrific gift idea for Camino friends and friends who're travelling.
Cheers from Oz -
Jenny
 

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So long as we are airing such gripes, why are there so rarely hooks on the backs of the doors in albergue showers? 🤔
I always bring my own "S" hook, but I have noticed each year that some of the newer albergues seem to have hooks to hang your clothes.
 
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Hi Les - your S hook sounds genius! Well done and thanks to your husband.
What about posting a photo of it on this thread so we can make our own - what a great thing to share and it's also a terrific gift idea for Camino friends and friends who're travelling.
Cheers from Oz -
Jenny
You can purchase them inexpensively at hardware stores, too.
 

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I would be willing to bet there are.

Once many years ago I was in an albergue and I was trying to swat flies away from my dinner plate during dinner. The Spanish owner of the facility saw me doing this and laughed at me saying, in Spanish, I should not try to kill the national bird of Spain !!!!!!!!!!
 
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I had to explain to my husband (he is Aussie, I was born overseas) what a bidet was during our first camino.
His expression of disbelief and disgust was hilarious. To this day, he has never approached one.
Quite right too.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
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You should have told him it was a beer-cooler. That would have made him happy.

And then he would divorce me once he found out the truth after drinking a beer that touched a bidet. Man, I can SO see him flipping at it.

Back on the original topic, I never noticed the lack of soap dishes... But then, I usually bring my own soap and balance everything on top of the toiletries case :p
 
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Not sure I've seen that one?
Over 40 years ago....we were in some hotel somewhere and when my Dad came out of the bathroom he said " there's a very handy contraption in there for washing your feet!"
In actual fact, he wasn't far wrong either!
Often now, when I see one, I think of my dear Dad
 
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Hi Les - your S hook sounds genius! Well done and thanks to your husband.
What about posting a photo of it on this thread so we can make our own - what a great thing to share and it's also a terrific gift idea for Camino friends and friends who're travelling.
Cheers from Oz -
Jenny

I can't take all the credit... it was someone on here who gave us the idea... but here it is... in all it's s'marvellous glory 🤭

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LesBrass

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I can't see how an S hook helps with the "where to put the soap" problem.
No... It would not help in the slightest 😂 but after that... There was this...

So long as we are airing such gripes, why are there so rarely hooks on the backs of the doors in albergue showers? 🤔

Hence my beloved S hook 😂😂😂
 

henrythedog

Loved and fed by David
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
And then he would divorce me once he found out the truth after drinking a beer that touched a bidet. Man, I can SO see him flipping at it

Have you ever seen documentary proof that he’s an Aussie or does he just say he is?

I only know a couple of Aussie males these days, but both would take great pride (and many pictures) in drinking beer under those circumstances.
 
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I can't take all the credit... it was someone on here who gave us the idea... but here it is... in all it's s'marvellous glory 🤭

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Thanks Les for the photos - and thanks again to your husband (and the Forum member who shared the S-hook idea).
I really like it that you've used a plastic-covered wire hanger - better than the usual wire hanger from the dry cleaners.
One of these hooks will be joining my bathroom kit on my next Camino!
Cheers from Oz -
Jenny
 

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Many years ago when I was planning my first camino, someone on here suggested that I make a home-made S hook for use in showers. My husband made me one from an old wire coat hanger and I use it all the time... often showing it off with pride as other pilgrims oooh and ahhh at my precious little shower jewel 🤭
Or buy one in a home improvement store. They’re for hanging paint cans.
 

Max ***

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Irun - Santiago - Finisterre
Many years ago when I was planning my first camino, someone on here suggested that I make a home-made S hook for use in showers. My husband made me one from an old wire coat hanger and I use it all the time... often showing it off with pride as other pilgrims oooh and ahhh at my precious little shower jewel 🤭
do you mind, please, to post - here - a pic of it?
 
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I would be willing to bet there are.

Once many years ago I was in an albergue and I was trying to swat flies away from my dinner plate during dinner. The Spanish owner of the facility saw me doing this and laughed at me saying, in Spanish, I should not try to kill the national bird of Spain !!!!!!!!!!
😂
 

Hurry Krishna

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Just as bizarre. I recently stayed a place where the ceramic toilet paper holder had an ash tray molded on its top.
Hey, what is this? We are now complaining about things ‘not’ provided as well as about things provided? 🤔 I’d like to see some Spaniards doing a walk in UK or Oz and what they find weird.
 
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Hey, what is this? We are now complaining about things ‘not’ provided as well as about things provided? 🤔 I’d like to see some Spaniards doing a walk in UK or Oz and what they find weird.
Good point! 😉
 

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Over 40 years ago....we were in some hotel somewhere and when my Dad came out of the bathroom he said " there's a very handy contraption in there for washing your feet!"
In actual fact, he wasn't far wrong either!
Often now, when I see one, I think of my dear Dad
My Dad was an unconditional fan of bidets. He used it regularly after his morning bathroom. And why ever not? You (male) can't always shower after a Number Two, but a little bidet session is much eco-friendlier than moist towelettes. Of course, you need to live in a house that has females in it, otherwise you'd never dare to put one in...
 

MoniRose

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Why not buy a bunch a gift them!😬
 

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If you put your bar of soap in one of those little mesh bags that lemons etc come in, and tie it off with string, you can then hang the bag from your 'S' hook. You can use the soap without taking it out of the bag!
 

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I dislike bidets. They take up too much floor space in small European bathrooms and are just an extra thing for housekeeping to clean. Even if a person uses them, it's another another towel to wash and dry that isnt necessary...just my opinion. I live in the U.S. where you rarely encounter them.
 
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I dislike bidets. They take up too much floor space in small European bathrooms and are just an extra thing for housekeeping to clean. Even if a person uses them, it's another another towel to wash and dry that isnt necessary...just my opinion. I live in the U.S. where you rarely encounter them.
Are you male or female? Bidets are a God-send for ladies with their period.
You will find a bidet in most Southern European houses (plus I've seen them in offices in Italy). The bathrooms were built to include a bidet! I have lived in Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain, and have always found a bidet in the bathroom.
Another towel to wash? You certainly don't need a bathtowel, just a little hand towel!
Come to that, who suffers from haemorrhoids find them useful too.
 

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Are you male or female? Bidets are a God-send for ladies with their period.
You will find a bidet in most Southern European houses (plus I've seen them in offices in Italy). The bathrooms were built to include a bidet! I have lived in Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain, and have always found a bidet in the bathroom.
Another towel to wash? You certainly don't need a bathtowel, just a little hand towel!
Come to that, who suffers from haemorrhoids find them useful too.
Hi Anna, I am female and have never used a bidet, so the old saying "you don't miss what you don't know" or "ignorance is bliss" is probably true for me. I prefer more floor space in the small European bathrooms since I have no interest in using a bidet, but I respect your reasoning for their usefulness.
 
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I sympathise with the problem of no hooks to hang your clothes on while showering. While in Pamplona on my last Camino, I came across one of those cheap Asian shops where I found a couple of those hooks with a suction cup. You put it against a smooth surface and pull the hook down into place which creates suction in the cup. To remove just pull the hook back up again. They will take a lot of weight. I have used them on all sorts of surfaces even windows when there was nowhere else. They are not as cheap as a home-made S hook but are more convenient. On my last morning in Fisterra I left them in the shower so I hope another pilgrim now has them.
 

Aysen Mustafa

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I plan on walking the Camino April 2018.
Many years ago when I was planning my first camino, someone on here suggested that I make a home-made S hook for use in showers. My husband made me one from an old wire coat hanger and I use it all the time... often showing it off with pride as other pilgrims oooh and ahhh at my precious little shower jewel 🤭
Somebody here recommended bringing one along and I was very glad I did. Now if anyone needs packing advice and its not in their list, I recommend it.
 

Sam - AU

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I can't see how an S hook helps with the "where to put the soap" problem.

I can help with this one ... soap net bags!
They turn a bar of soap into a whole new lathered showering experiencing, they also exfoliate at the same time and then allows you to hang it up to dry afterwards!
A cheap little lightweight camino luxury!
 

Marcus-UK

Old Git
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Ingles 2016 Camino Portuguese 2017 Considering Invierno late (2020) In lieu of VdlP (2020)
Why are there no soap dishes in Spanish showers?
Why do they use frosted glass in the windows of aircraft Toilets (in the days of toilets having windows of course:-} Think VC10, Bristol Britannia)?
 

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I found a couple of those hooks with a suction cup. You put it against a smooth surface and pull the hook down into place which creates suction in the cup
And why no plugs when there is (rarely, but it happens) a bath?
I have one of those suction hooks - it also doubles as a sink/bath plug.
 

Jean-Claude

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I can't see how an S hook helps with the "where to put the soap" problem.
...well, you could put and use your bar of soap in a little mesh bag (kind of like soap on a rope) and then use your “S” hook 🙃 ...editing here - I see I’m not the only one with this brilliant idea
 

Rick of Rick and Peg

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It just occurred to me that two metal shower curtain hooks can make a S hook. Later the hooks can be shut for uses like hanging things from your pack (water bottles, clothes, etc.)
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Caligal

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So long as we are airing such gripes, why are there so rarely hooks on the backs of the doors in albergue showers? 🤔
I wondered the same thing when i had to put my towel on the floor outside the shower. 😊
 
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Such an easy fix.........
 

mdelag

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I have read all the comments about BIDET, really think it’s just a matter of culture. But now a days, it serves as a very eco-friendly “tool”. And I think the albergues that have them are careful about the cleaning as they have to be with tubs and shower curtains. Just enjoy your stay, wherever you decide, the Camino gives us much more than “bidets”, and no soap dishes...
Buen Camino...
 

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