I am not amused. This is my fourth day in Ireland and I have only now figured out how the showers work. To be precise, I have now figured out how the showers work in this hotel. You know what they say about the Irish, right?
I arrived just over four days ago on the last flight to Dublin and collapsed on the bed when I got into the room. The next morning, I was shocked to see that the shower only dispensed cold water but I was late so I taunted hypothermia and told reception about it before leaving for work. Upon my return, I was told that it was sorted.
The next day, I found a shower resolutely refusing to dispense hot water and exchanged a few choice words with the receptionist. Looking a little startled at the shade of blue my lips emitted, she assured me that she’ll get someone to look at it but added that there is one hot water system for the whole floor and no one else complained.
That evening, I checked the shower. The tap is a simple one which needs to be twisted anti-clockwise to be opened. After half a turn, there is a child-lock which you need to press to twist it further. Logic dictates that the child-lock is there to prevent kids from accidentally scalding themselves. I open the water to its fullest extent and after 5 minutes of waiting, the water does turn tepid. Figuring that this will never be resolved, I conclude that the shower needs a little, ahem, warming up.
This morning, I did this and let crystal clear water run through until it warmed up a little. While I was trying to get used to the cool temperature, I accidentally hit the tap and closed it slightly.
Which is when the water turned hot.
So, when in Ireland, open up the tap a little to get cold water. Past the child-lock and open all the way to get more cold-water. Leave the tap hovering just above the child lock – right in the middle, in other words – to get water hot enough to strip paint with.