One of the most curious concept in the daily life in Kyrgyzstan is the toilet and shower.
My friend lives in apartment in the center of Karakol but when we went to visit her host family in a close by village Ak-Suu and I ask her for the toilet, her answer was: “outside, next to the cow”…
I went there and I discover this:
Ok, not so different to the cottage in Finland in the middle of the forest.
But wait, where is the shower??
“There is no shower”. Once a week they go to a place call Sanitarium, similar to Japanese onsen, where they took a bath. But only once a week!
I really loved Japanese onsen, so I asked my friend to bring me to the Kyrgyz style one.
“But don’t expect it to be like the Japanese one”
No worries, I am ready for the worse. The Japanese one were an example of cleanliness inside and very beautiful and well construct. They are usually constructed over a natural sources of hot water.
The Kyrgyz one are artificial and located outside the “big cities”(although in Bishkek they have something similar called Banyo). It consist in a house full of rooms with one bathtub. First they give you an especial soup to clean the bathtub from the previous customers. Use the “brand new” red scratch sponge to clean properly the bathtub. When you feel it is clean enough, use the piece of material to tamper the sink and it’s time to get inside!
|The room before to leave the clothes and get naked|
|We ask the family one, that comes with a shower|
|Shiho doing her best to clean the bathtub|
|That little thing to cover the bathtub|
I really though that I was gone too far with my desire to experiment the country as the local do. My friend has a shower and a bathtub at her apartment…why should I have visited this sanitarium? Well, one you relax, it is not that bad…I imagine to live without a toilet, shower or water at home and that place looks like a paradise for me. Definitely, an experience that make me appreciate more and more what I have back home.