It was also unseasonably rainy and cold, eliminating the â€œrefreshing swimâ€ option.
In hindsight, we probably should have just stayed at aÂ hostelÂ occasionally… now a trick in our how-to-live-in-a-van repertoire. At the time, though, weâ€™d spent ourselves down to zero and had barely gotten a paycheck.
My all-time favorite moment as a consequence of the above situation still makes me laugh when I think about the ridiculousness.
One day I decided I was going to try out the â€œcamp showerâ€ that came with our hippie van. We let it sit out on the sunny but cool day as we dried laundry (also tricky when youâ€™re living in a van). That evening after work, we went to one of the cramped-but-clean single-person tourist restrooms with a drain in the floor.
It turned out to be more challenging than expected to hold a heavy five gallon bag of water high enough to make water flow with any kind of pressure out of the attached spray hose. Add a dose of stress from being overworked, and a pinch of desperation from really wanting a shower, and you have complete hilarity.
Pat, a six-foot-seven-inch tall man, is standing on the toilet trying not to drop the heavy shower bag or hit his head on the ceiling, Iâ€™m freezing andÂ dry clothes are falling into standing puddles. I’m barking commands about handing me shampoo and turning on the hose. Â Pat is getting soaked by splashes, and weâ€™re trying not to bump into the walls in this tiny space.
The tension finally shattered into a million pieces when I â€“ rendered helpless by a face covered in apricot scrub and eyes locked shut, doubled over to keep my hair from dripping cold water down my back â€“ urgently and desperately demanded of Pat,
â€œOkay. Now spray me in the face!â€
I lost it and started giggling, repeating the phrase over and over, laughing harder and harder â€” eyes still tightlyÂ shut againstÂ soap and chilly water â€” until Pat finally said,
â€œYou just think thatâ€™s hilarious, donâ€™t you?â€
and slowly fell into fits of laughter. Maybe you had to be there, but this will go down for me as one of my funniest living-in-a-van experiences in Wanaka!
Happy Traveling!Â â™£
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