Whenever we needed water, we had to draw it from the well outside the house. Using an outhouse wasn’t the end of the world. But whenever I spent a week or a weekend with the Micula family, I found myself pining for a good hot bath or shower, at least once a day. Due to the conditions, that was impossible.
Whenever I wanted to bathe, I had to close off the kitchen, draw water from the well, heat it on the stove and then mix it with cool water until it reached a pleasant temperature. Then I would fill a small plastic tub with the water, a tub hardly big enough to sit in. Needless to say, I would wash myself quickly! To wash my hair, I would dunk my head in a pot of warm water and shampoo and rinse with the water I had prepared in another pot.