The most of the arrivals in Spain or Italy have same question in their mind:
“What is the thing next to the toilet in the bathroom?“
Then in a second they start to do brain storming creatively asking a lot of questions themselves:
“Are they going to the toilet together? How are we going to use this? Why one of them is slightly different than other?” and many more…
Let’s demystify this mysterious contraption:
The bidet (bih-day) is a basin that is situated close to the toilet in the bathroom. It is used to clean yourself after using the toilet or when you need to freshen up or wash your genitals and anal area.
How to use it?
At first you may feel not be sure how to use a bidet properly, but they are very hygienic and not difficult to use at all.
A bidet is intended to help you wash and clean up after using the toilet.
They’re also used for washing after intercourse. Because of their low height, they’re great for shaving your legs or washing your feet. Walk around a historic Italian city in sandals all day, and you’ll understand the necessity of washing feet.
Make adjustments to the water temperature and the strength of the jets so that you are comfortable.
Where will I find bidets?
Bidets are common in Southern Europe; Italy, Spain and some parts of France. Some says also it can be found in some parts of Asia and South America but I don’t have reliable information of that so if you know that bidet is used in other countries as well, please share with us writing comment below.
In Italy and Spain, you’ll see bidets in almost every hotel room and private bathroom. Due to their somewhat intimate nature, they aren’t common in public places.
And if you are going in a luxury hotel, doesn’t matter where, you will probably find bidet in the bathroom.
How will I dry?
If you’re at a hotel or in your own bathroom use your personal, hand-sized towel hanging next to the bidet. If you’re at a friend’s house, dry with toilet paper.
When in a bathroom in Italy, looking for something to dry your hands or face, don’t reach for the towel near the bidet 🙂
Are you going to Italy or Spain soon? Now you know what’s bidet, so you can travel at ease 🙂
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