|My Dad and his improvised bucket bath. This worked because we had electric and put an electric donut heater in the bucket|
if you do this "Remember to unplug the donut before turning it on or you'll get shocked!"
|A typical charcoal stove on which water is heated and food is cooked.|
Next, you would take your partially filled bucket to a bathroom which will have some privacy if you're lucky. If you're back in the bush you will probably have to go behind a wall woven together with palm branches that leaves a lot of gaps in between the weaving. I usually throw a lappa or my towel over the wall to cover these gaps. Usually people won't watch, but a lot of times kids are interested in what white people look like without clothes. Whatever your bathing facility may be there is usually a community barrel of lukewarm water there that is kept covered from rats and mosquitoes. It might just be rainwater if you're in the bush. In the barrel is usually kept a cup just floating on the water. You use this cup to add lukewarm water to the scalding water until your bucket water reaches the desired temperature.
|This is actually a classroom space for bush school, but the palm branch wall construction is typical of bathrooms as well|
Now that you are all soapy you begin to take the cup and repeatedly fill it up from the bucket and dump it all over yourself. I liked to save a 1/4 of the bucket so that after I was rinsed off I could just lift up the bucket and dump the whole thing on me at once and at least get the feeling like I was taking a shower. I recommend doing this "bucket bathing" at least once a day and if you only do it once I'd do it in the evening as it seemed to help me relax.
|If you're lucky you can get a ringer washer to help|
Lookout for your fingers!
|Laundry Day at the Vogel's. If it rains they don't dry and if someone steals them their gone!|
|The beard on week 6|
After doing a 6 week trip to Liberia last summer I really enjoyed just standing under the hot shower. O, the little things! Liberia will help you appreciate them :-)