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What is a baño exterior?

Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis June 2018
Via Podiensis, Camino Del Norte 2018
#1
When we stop for more than a night on our Camino, we'll be staying at Pensiones or similar accommodation.
I have noticed that some pensiones have a room "con baño exterior".
Is that a shared bathroom?
Thank you!
 

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Camino(s) past & future
CF(x3), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham.
2018? CF, again :-)
#7
When we stop for more than a night on our Camino, we'll be staying at Pensiones or similar accommodation.
I have noticed that some pensiones have a room "con baño exterior".
Is that a shared bathroom?
Thank you!
I have not come across that description before but I would take it to mean it is NOT in the bedroom, ie not 'en suite'. Not clear where it actually is, could be in the corridor, in another part of the Pension or why not, in the garden :D Probably a shared bathroom then (baño compartido), I would ask...
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x3), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham.
2018? CF, again :-)
#15
Just saying, “exterior” + bañó is fairly easy to figure out. Baño an essential word for any pilgrim
I think the OP knows what 'baño' means! Only asked if it was shared and because we are very very nice pilgrims on this forum, we answer the questions - however basic they may seem to some - to the best of our ability. :)
Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Aug-Sept(2016) SJPDP-Finisterre, July-Aug(2017) SJPDP-Muxia-Finisterre, July-Aug(2018) El Norte
#16
I have not come across that description before but I would take it to mean it is NOT in the bedroom, ie not 'en suite'. Not clear where it actually is, could be in the corridor, in another part of the Pension or why not, in the garden :D Probably a shared bathroom then (baño compartido), I would ask...
At best, it is a shared bathroom, down the hall. At worst, it is an outside arrangement.
Actually at best it's a private bathroom that's not ensuite.
I stayed in a couple of pensiones with a private bathroom for my exclusive use that was across or down the hall. I had a key to the bathroom, so I could leave my things inside and lock it.
The Spanish words that you want to look for are
baño privado - private bathroom
baño compartido - shared bathroom
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#17
I think the OP knows what 'baño' means! Only asked if it was shared and because we are very very nice pilgrims on this forum, we answer the questions - however basic they may seem to some - to the best of our ability. :)
Buen Camino!
yes, and sometimes a little mischief creeps in, but it is meant innocently... honestly!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Roncesvalles-SdC Apr-Jun 2015
Roncesvalles-Sarria Sep-Oct 2017
#21
Actually at best it's a private bathroom that's not ensuite.
I stayed in a couple of pensiones with a private bathroom for my exclusive use that was across or down the hall. I had a key to the bathroom, so I could leave my things inside and lock it.
The Spanish words that you want to look for are
baño privado - private bathroom
baño compartido - shared bathroom
Yes, I second Trecile's point about a bathroom out in the hall for your exclusive use. I saw a few of these - odd, but no doubt due to keeping costs down when converting a private house for guests. It means you don't have anyone else using the bathroom, but still have to venture out into the hallway at night! An actual shared bathroom was usually referred to as compartido. The terminology may vary a bit, so it wouldn't hurt to clarify with the owner before you book, if a private bathroom is important.

The other times I've seen the term exterior used is for the room itself, to indicate it's on the exterior wall of the building - ie it has a window! You might assume that all rooms would, but in a large old building that isn't always the case. Room descriptions don't always indicate either way, but beware of anything that says "habitación interior" if you're at all prone to claustrophobia!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x3), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham.
2018? CF, again :-)
#23
The other times I've seen the term exterior used is for the room itself, to indicate it's on the exterior wall of the building - ie it has a window! You might assume that all rooms would, but in a large old building that isn't always the case. Room descriptions don't always indicate either way, but beware of anything that says "habitación interior" if you're at all prone to claustrophobia!
I have never come across a room without windows! (Actually, I HAVE, but not in Spain lol).
'Interior' means the windows give on to the 'interior' of the building, ie the patio - no outside views to the streets or the sea or whatever.... Where people usually hang their washing....Nothing sinister. :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Roncesvalles-SdC Apr-Jun 2015
Roncesvalles-Sarria Sep-Oct 2017
#24
I have never come across a room without windows! (Actually, I HAVE, but not in Spain lol).
'Interior' means the windows give on to the 'interior' of the building, ie the patio - no outside views to the streets or the sea or whatever.... Where people usually hang their washing....Nothing sinister. :)
Yes of course - you're right. Although sometimes a rather small and dingy "light well" sort of space!
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2017
#28
You get a trowel and a roll of toilet paper :)
I agree when out in the boonies on Camiño. I carry same, and a zippo to remove any trace before burying.

But when I pay for accommodation, inside plumbing, even shared, IS one of my basic requirements.
 

davebugg

DustOff: "When I have your wounded."
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#29
I agree when out in the boonies on Camiño. I carry same, and a zippo to remove any trace before burying.

But when I pay for accommodation, inside plumbing, even shared, IS one of my basic requirements.
:)
 

Prentiss Riddle

Aprendiz de todo, maestro de nada
Camino(s) past & future
Poco a poco: we're nibbling away at the Francés. (2015, 2016 & 2017)
#34
Yes, I second Trecile's point about a bathroom out in the hall for your exclusive use. I saw a few of these - odd, but no doubt due to keeping costs down when converting a private house for guests.
It took me a while to figure out why some places have a shower in the room but a toilet down the hall, and then I realized that a drain just for water is easier to install than a full-capacity drain.

Older multi-family houses that predate indoor plumbing used to have the bathrooms on the back balconies facing a shared courtyard, to save the trouble of drilling holes for the pipes through stone walls.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#35
I am reminded of the outhouse scene in crazy ‘Ramon’s backyard in ‘that movie...’. LOL!

Shudder the thought...
I would point you in the direction of a small volume written by a fellow countryman of yours: The Specialist by Charles Sale. The Specialist in question is one Lem Putt who specialises in privies.

Once read you'll never look at privies in the same light again be that ventilator in the door crescent moon or star shape.

I particularly agree with his advice: "dig her deep and dig her wide cos once she's dug you don't want to dig her agin" or somesuch.

Damn, now I'm going to have to climb into the loft and find my copy to read over again!
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#36
It took me a while to figure out why some places have a shower in the room but a toilet down the hall, and then I realized that a drain just for water is easier to install than a full-capacity drain.

Older multi-family houses that predate indoor plumbing used to have the bathrooms on the back balconies facing a shared courtyard, to save the trouble of drilling holes for the pipes through stone walls.
I'm guessing you've never been to Greece where they have a little bin for the er "used" paper?
 

Momy

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés May 2018
#37
When we stop for more than a night on our Camino, we'll be staying at Pensiones or similar accommodation.
I have noticed that some pensiones have a room "con baño exterior".
Is that a shared bathroom?
Thank you!
As said before, shared bathroom is "baño compartido". It may be outside the accommodation, outside the main building. But anyway...it still remains a shared bathroom, you just have to walk a bit more probably :).
 
Camino(s) past & future
Aug-Sept(2016) SJPDP-Finisterre, July-Aug(2017) SJPDP-Muxia-Finisterre, July-Aug(2018) El Norte
#41
Yeah, but you're a roughtie-toughtie perigina ;)
LOL. :D
Actually, the toilet paper situation was one of my biggest concerns before I went. I've managed to walk from SJPDP to Finisterre twice without once having to use "nature's bathroom". I've always been able to find a real toilet when I needed one.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#43
All I meant is that each country has their own way of expressing themselves and a dictionary doesn't always help.
I almost hesitate to say: you never said a truer word. However, I have said it! Translation, interpretation... how we can be deceived... and, to go back to the original question, my guess is exactly what the op suggested. Be sure to let us know when you have been and gone, so you can tell us the facts, AJGuillaume!
 

Texas Walker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte (2017 summer)
Portugues (2015)
Frances (2014)
#44
The waste basket full of used TP is a sign that the local water pressure is too low, or the pipe too small, to accomodate the paper as well as what it cleans up after. When it used to be do-able to visit the Mexican border cities for the afternoon, a number of the (nice) restaurants over there had a little sign on the bathroom door: please no paper in the toilet. Or words to that effect!
 

Prentiss Riddle

Aprendiz de todo, maestro de nada
Camino(s) past & future
Poco a poco: we're nibbling away at the Francés. (2015, 2016 & 2017)
#45
That's quite common in many countries. I got used to it surprisingly fast during my 7 weeks in Guatemala.
Even better is when the paper provided is a stack of newspapers or magazines - reading matter and TP in one. Best of all was a house I once visited where the excusado was supplied with a pile of comic books!
 

arturo garcia

Pilgrim/Hospitalero/Mountain guide/Photographer
Camino(s) past & future
French way (Dic. 2012), Portuguese way (Dic.2013) and now living on the Camino.
#47
#48
When we stop for more than a night on our Camino, we'll be staying at Pensiones or similar accommodation.
I have noticed that some pensiones have a room "con baño exterior".
Is that a shared bathroom?
Thank you!
I think it means that the bathroom is outside the room, not in the room like a hotel.
A shared bathroom would be a baño compartido
 

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