57958_1.jpgLiving in a Romanian village was often difficult. Perhaps the biggest issue for me was the absence of hot water. In fact, the Micula family had no running water at all.

Whenever we needed water, we had to draw it from the well outside the house. Using an outhouse wasn’t the end of the world. But whenever I spent a week or a weekend with the Micula family, I found myself pining for a good hot bath or shower, at least once a day. Due to the conditions, that was impossible.

Whenever I wanted to bathe, I had to close off the kitchen, draw water from the well, heat it on the stove and then mix it with cool water until it reached a pleasant temperature. Then I would fill a small plastic tub with the water, a tub hardly big enough to sit in. Needless to say, I would wash myself quickly! To wash my hair, I would dunk my head in a pot of warm water and shampoo and rinse with the water I had prepared in another pot.

You haven’t lived until you’ve taken a cool bath in a tin!

written by Trevin Wax  © 2008 Kingdom People blog

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  1. Pierre Benz says:

    Reminds me of the time when our church sent a handful of their worship team members to a church plant in Mozambique. In similar fashion, we had to draw water from a local well, which luckily was located outside the house where we were staying.

    But which made it worse was that there wasn’t any electricity there, so we had to do it only with cold water. The government would switch on the electricity at sporadic times but never in the morning or afternoons. So one would go to the bathroom with ones torch, place it strategically so that you could lite up some of the bathroom and then proceed to sit in the tub and pore ice cold water over you.

    Come to think of it, you had to do the same thing with the toilet. Before you went, you grabbed some water at the well, went to the toilet and poured some water into the toilet.

    I have completely forgotten about that. It was over 2 years ago. Here I get upset over such trivial stuff. Thanks for the post.

  2. Matt Svoboda says:

    You have been a blogging maniac lately: I can’t keep up with all of your posts! But I have been greatly enjoying all that I have kept up with!

  3. Nick says:

    “You haven’t lived until you’ve taken a cool bath in a tin!”

    Tempting…..

  4. David Kjos says:

    My grandmother didn’t get indoor plumbing until sometime in the late ’70s, so I’m well acquainted with the outhouse and galvanized tub bath. Good memories, but I’m glad they’re just memories!

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