Dodgy plumbing

Better than a bucket at least.

Things around here tend to be built incredibly quickly, but not to the highest standards of construction. This manifests itself most annoyingly in the plumbing, which could really use a small army of professional Polish plumbers to set things straight.

In one of our bathrooms, you have to turn off the central tap for the whole bathroom in order to prevent the sink and the toilet from leaking in half a dozen places. As water is a scarce resource here, wasting it is one of the worst things you can do.

Toilets rarely flush and, if they do, they may spray a jet of water at you. Some sinks let out only a trickle of water that is barely enough to rinse the soap off your hands, while other sinks burst forth with a torrential jet of water. Yet other misbehaving sinks don’t drain properly, leaving puddles on the floor.

Enclosed showers (let alone working bathtubs) are non-existent. The formula is: shower head on the wall + drain on the floor = shower. Our shower, pictured above, consists of a couple knobs on the wall and a shower head sticking out of the wall above that. Don’t be fooled, however, by the red knob and the blue knob – it’s just for show. There is no hot water, of course. Excuse me, but I have to go fix that leak now…

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