Day 86 – Bimbo

There there is a camping discount card – ACSI ClubCard which we used a little earlier on our trip in Scandinavia, but is really proving its value now. It entitled the user to big off season camping discounts. Here in camping Bimbo we are paying a fixed 15 Euros per night for 2 adults, 2 children, 1 dog and (if we wanted it) electric hook up. However, bizarrely, it doesn’t entitle us to those three sanitary essentials, toilet seats, toilet paper and toilet soap.

I know I harped on about this yesterday, and I’m going to harp on about it today too. The facilities at this campsite could be truly outstanding- here are two photos of the children’s toilet and washroom:

Spotlessly clean, child height pan, wash basins and mirrors, and a hook for a wash bag. A lined bin and a brush are provided. The lighting is good, and plenty of space for boys to swing toothbrush chargers at each other. So why no paper, soap or toilet seat. I suppose I can see the lack of a seat as a French toilet evolution from the squat toilets of the 70s – but no paper and no soap! That is unforgivable.

Example – today I was swimming in the pool with Ben. We changed into our swimsuits in our tent and went with towels, crocs and an inflatable ring. I guess the cool water had a contraction effect, as soon after we got in Ben cried, “I need a poo”. I know, from odious experience, that when he cries these four words, I have precisely 49 1/2 seconds to get him sitting on the pan.

1 – 2 – 3 – 4 -5 – 6 swim to the edge 7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 – 12 out of the water 13 – 14 – 15 – 16 – 17 – 18 wrap boy in towel 19 – 20 – 21 – 22 — 23 – 24 fumble with child-proof gate 25 – 26 – 27 -28 – 29 – 30 open child-proof gate 31 – 32 – 33 – 34 – 35 – 36 put on crocs 37 – 38 – 39 – 40 – 41 – 42 sprint to the loo 43 – 44   – 45 – 46 – 47 – 48 pull down one piece elbow to knee swimming costume 49 – 49 1/2 sit boy on seatless seat. Phew – oh la la, quell horreur! Ou est le papier!?

There was, of course, none. So abandoning Ben to his business I had to run off to find some, and soap.

For a nation that considers swimming shorts unhygienic, preferring budgie smugglers, I find this lack of paper and soap wholly bizarre.

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