Trying to take a shower in Europe for an American is often a challenge initially. In France you can't find a shower curtain or door or wash cloth. In Germany there's often a wide range of temperatures within just a few seconds while trying to rinse shampoo out of one's hair. In The Netherlands, there's the Grohe Scald-o-matic.
The Amsterdam Eden Hotel American, which is over a 110 years old, they've updated the bath room plumbing and fixtures. Pictured above is the Grohe faucet model that our room had earlier this month. Checking the Grohe web-site, it appears they no longer sell the Scald-o-matic, but you can see it here.
Now, I am a silly conservative when it comes to water. Conservative that is, in actually conserving water - turning it off when I am lathering up my hair with shampoo, or washing my skin with soap, and then turning it back on to rinse - not "conservative" in trying to use up all the Earth's resources as fast as Hush Dimbulb, Glenn Feckless, and Bill O'Falafel tell their devotees that American Christians [TM] have the Gawd given right to use as much as possible. So after getting my hair wet, I turned off the water using the left knob, and lathered my hair with shampoo. Easy, no worries. Hair rinsed, I go to turn off the water again to soap up my skin. But this time, the water had been running long enough to heat up the hot water feed pipe. Yikes! Having your fingers just a few millimeters over the edge of the plastic knob brings them in contact with the scalding hot feed pipe. If I had little kids, or grand children, I'd not let them get within arm's length of such a faucet. Next time, I shall be more wary.
1 year ago