How to shower in Morocco – Travel and Learn

Learning when you travel is part of the adventure. Whether you try to or not..learning is a part of the process. This is especially true for the kids!

No matter where we travel outside the United States, the bathroom fixtures are always a part of the learning process. Sometimes the button on the top of the toilet is for flushing and sometimes there is a chain hanging from way up high that you pull to flush. Sometimes you step on something on the floor to flush and sometimes….there is just a hole in the floor and no flushing is required! I think the strangest thing we’ve encountered is the toilet paper on the outside of the bathroom…..take some before you even enter. Hmm….

Using the bathtub and shower is often an interesting experience, too. In the United States, the faucets are always the same. The hot water is on the left and the cold water is on the right. Sometimes they are labeled H for hot and C for cold.

Ever wonder why the cold is always on the right? Once upon a time there was only one pump…and it was on the right because most people are right handed. When the new addition of hot water came along…it went on the left because the right was already spoken for! Now, it is actually part of the plumbing code that the hot water knob is on the left.

But, when you travel abroad….the information you use at home to decide which knob is hot and which one is cold isn’t that useful.

If you’ve ever had to explain a bidet to kids….or look forward to doing it one day, you’ll love the video on our experience in Morocco. Click the link below to enjoy the video and learn from our experience!

How to use the shower in Morocco

We found Morocco to be one of the most colorful and interesting places we’ve been! If Morocco is on your bucket list check out these articles:

Camel Riding in Morocco with KIDS

Snake Charming in Morocco with KIDS

Moroccan Pancakes and Travel Food

The Educational Tourist in Tangier, Morocco, , www.theeducationaltourist.com

Happy Travels,

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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22 Responses

  1. Now, I understand why you’re known as the educational tourist. I got schooled about how to use a shower in Morocco. I also chuckled when you used the shower as a telephone. I would have done the same.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Lol! There is something fun and interesting to learn everywhere you go, right? The kids especially enjoyed this silly shower. 🙂

  2. natnzin says:

    I agree with this on every level. The world is our classroom, isn’t it? We learn so much when we travel, things that we wouldn’t learn sitting in a classroom in highschool or university. I’ve learnt so many small things that are useful to my everyday life since I started traveling frequently!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Thanks! Love connecting with like minded people. 🙂 We find fun and curious things everywhere we go! We had so much fun with this shower.

  3. I have taken many a cold shower because I couldn’t figure out the fixtures:) That shower in Morocco would challenge my brain at the end of a long day for sure. Why does bathing need to be so complicated?! My easiest shower was in India where staff brought us a bucket of boiled water – easy, peasy.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      LOL! Oh, yes…that reminds me of another fun spot in Spain…it had so many knobs and shower heads and all….I thought we’d never get it to a tolerable temp for a shower. LOL! The bucket of water would be the easiest. No doubt!

  4. nomadepicureans says:

    Haha that’s funny! Our shower didn’t look like that in Morocco but our shower in Finland works similarly. I was really confused at first by it, so I can see where you’re coming from 🙂

    • NatalieTanner says:

      It is part of the fun for sure! We haven’t been to Finland, yet, but it sounds like we’ll know how to work the shower with no problem! 🙂

  5. Ha, that Moroccan shower actually looks like my shower at home in the UK, though I don’t think that manual style is common anymore and most people have electric ones now. I’ve had some strange shower (read: terrible) experiences in my time – being electrocuted in Ecuador was probably my least favourite.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Electrocuted??? That does sound awful! I guess you lived to tell the tale, though, right? Thank heavens! Now that you mention that, we had a similar experience in our very old house in Tulsa. We got a little weird zap when we turned off the water one day. Turns out the wiring in the house was old and covered with fabric that had gotten wet from a separate leak. That house (100 years old) always had something odd happening!!

  6. Jean says:

    Morocco is high on my list of places to go to. I always say that using someone else’s shower is a test of how intelligent we are. Some times it’s a real puzzle. We struggled so much in England with the little electric systems

    • NatalieTanner says:

      LOL! We have had some crazy experiences that would leave me not scoring so well if that is a test of intelligence!LOL!! The first time the kids saw a shower without a shower curtain or door they were really surprised. The looks on their faces was so funny!

  7. Blonde Seashell says:

    haha I had to laugh because in Bali the hot water is sometimes on the left, some times on the right – so random. What I definitly never expierienced is that the toilet paper is outside the bathroom, better plan ahead lol

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Wow! That will keep you on your toes, won’t it? As for toilet paper outside the bathroom – we saw that once in Madrid. I had never encountered it before and thought that was the strangest thing ever!! I guess it is easier for the restroom attendant as there is just one thing to change…but…I can’t think of another reason??? Thanks for stopping by!

  8. rhiydwi says:

    Okay so the whole time I was watching that video I was wondering why I was watching a video teaching me how to use my own bathtub. The system we have at my home in Wales is exactly the same 😀 I guess you don’t have it like that in the States? 😛 The only difference is the letters. It always confuses me when I go to a Spanish/French/Portuguese speaking country and the C means hot instead of cold. Very confusing, and upsetting too when I accidentally end up in a freezing shower!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      That is so funny! Well, we know we’ll be in good shape when we get to visit Wales with the kids! Things are much different in the states. For starters there is always and entire wall or shower curtain to close you off from the room so no water gets out into the room. There is a spout for water quite low if you are going to fill the tub and then the shower head if you are standing to take a shower is quite high. The knob to make the water come out of the shower head up high instead of the default, which is the water coming out of the low spout is on the low spout. I’m sure it would feel odd to you the first time. 🙂 Thanks for sharing that!

  9. You are so right. The diversity of bathroom fixtures around the world is so diverse. Kinda surprising since we all have the same bodies and “needs.” But it does make world travel that much more interesting.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      I never thought about it that way – so many different ways to meet those needs! The differences in toilets and hotel rooms is always entertaining for the kids, especially!

  10. Only By Land says:

    I know this is about bathrooms in Morocco but I must mention having been a foreigner in the United States, what’s the big gap between the door in the cubicles for? You had a better shower than the one I had in Morocco, I just had one tap with cold water which is all I needed really as it was so hot. Good info on the French translation for F and C, it translates the same in Spanish too!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      This is such a great question. I have no idea why there are gaps between the bathroom stalls! I didn’t realize it wasn’t that way everywhere until I started traveling. It makes so much more sense for there to be full, regular, doors. That is much more common now here but there will be stalls with gaps for many years to come…. That is interesting to know about the F and C in Spanish as well! Thanks for sharing and asking your question. I need to see if I can find out!

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