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I know it hasn’t been that long since my last post, but I have to share the good news! This a total gringa moment: I just took a HOT SHOWER. Not cold. Not lukewarm. HOT.

A little background, Costa Rican showers are a bit different from those in the US. Homes here don’t have hot water heating tanks, just an electric shower head connected to lots of wires that heat up the water, but not for long. Ticos don’t really take super warm showers in general, and they’re totally accustomed to this system. For me, it’s been a bit of a struggle.


In my house in Monteverde, there were some technical difficulties with the shower the last few nights, so my host mom had to heat water up on the stove for me to bathe with.


For the past few days here in Heredia, I’ve been having difficulty finding the sweet spot on the faucet where the water is warm, but I think I’ve finally got it. Praise.


2 Responses to “DUCHA CALIENTE”

  1. NANNY Says:

    I will remember to not take my hot shower for granted! Happy you finally figured it out.

    Remember us Sunday morning here when the low is predicted to be 12 degrees and the high 32! Brrrrrr

  2. angela Says:

    i remember years at camp where we didn’t have hot water…or any water. let’s just say I’m not very adventurous!

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