It took a trip to Toggenburg to make me realize there was another way.
It had been a – by Swiss standards – a long ride. After arriving at the darling little rustic cabin in the mountains for a delightful weekend of
freezing my ass off dashing through the snow, I made my way to the bathroom for a nice hot shower before bed. I scanned the 1960’s era decor and pulled back the lime plastic shower curtain that circled the tub on the inside.
I found the shower head, not poking out above me on the wall in front, but dangling from a shoulder-height holder.
“How am I supposed to get my head under that?”
I stood for about 1 minute, dumbfounded. Then I walked out and found my host.
“How does the shower work?”
“Just turn it on.”
Blank stare. Then they realized.
The exchange led to a long after-shower conversation about the “European” way to shower as opposed to the “American” way to shower. Europeans, supposedly – and according to the conversation – take less time in the shower than Americans due to their showering method, if it can be called a method.
We Americans, on the other hand, shower while visualizing ourselves standing under Niagara Falls on a warm summer day while we practice Wagner’s “Ring Cycle.”
I’ve yet to find a study supporting this claim.
Perhaps we shower to relax, while Europeans shower to – wait for it – get clean?
Maybe we have it all wrong.
I blame these folks.
So, how have I re-learned to shower? First, wet yourself all over with the shower head and turn it off. The latter was the weird one for me, as standing wet in a shower was slightly cold and off putting. Then, soap yourself. This actually saves not only water, but product: if you stand under running water while soaping, you’re basically pouring your Kiehl’s Musk Body Wash down the drain.
And that stuff is expensive.
Instead of taking 5-10 minutes to shower in the mornings, I now take perhaps 2. Is it efficient? Yes. Does it save water? Yes.
Do I feel like I’ve lost some diva points?