Not a “words” blog post, but a travel-related post. If any of you have traveled in 2022 (this year for me includes 2 of my regular annual trips plus 1 new trip PLUS 4 trips that were previously scheduled in 2020 and 2021 that were moved to 2022 – yowza!), you may have encountered . . . shall we say – crowds???? Confusion? Lack of staffing in the airports? Stockholm? I apologize for singling you out this year, but the crowds in the terminal (when I was finally allowed into the terminal) were, as I’ve described them, a “great, big, bait-ball of humanity, turning this way and that,” in an attempt to get into some sort of line (which I failed to see) to allow them to check bags and enter security. What an experience! In contrast to the FABULOUS experience I had in Sigtuna, Sweden 😍 for my nephew’s wedding.
Now, back to the title of this post. I recently took three of those 2022 trips, all within five weeks, traveling to six countries, and staying in ten hotels! At most hotels in the United States, the hair dryer is in the bathroom. It might be on a shelf. It might be in a bag, hanging on the bathroom door hook. At least it would be in the bathroom somewhere where it could be plugged in and used in front of the bathroom mirror. Seems logical, yes?
But in other countries? I have discovered a new game, invented by hotel staff, I think. It’s called: “Where Is The Hair Dryer?”
In many non-US hotels, the outlet in the bathroom is for “shavers, only.” So . . . where are the normal outlets and . . . where is the hair dryer????
Before you call the front desk (which I’ve done 🤔), check the following.
CLOSET – hanging somewhere? on a shelf? Lo and behold, maybe there is an outlet INSIDE the closet where the hair dryer should be plugged? Yup – seen that. Hope the outside of the closet door has a mirror and that you have enough cord to extend to almost close the door so you can see what the heck you are doing 😆!
DRAWERS – open all of the drawers. A hotel receptionist in Ireland told me that the hair dryer was in the top drawer of the chest of drawers (or bureau). [NOTE: some hotel desks also have drawers, so be sure to check there, too, which is where I found a hair dryer in another country.] She was polite, but gave me the distinct impression that Americans were SO clueless… All right, lesson learned! The next time I went overseas, I knew to search for the hair dryer in drawers – next to the mini-refrigerator, under the bedroom lamp, in the closet, under the TV. Voila! I have found the hair dryer in all hotels since I learned not to expect them to be in the bathroom. AND to search for the appropriate outlet (London hotel – all of the outlets were under a sliding bar on top of the desk – surprise! But no mirror above the desk. The hair dryer cord was long enough to barely make it into the bathroom so I could look in that mirror. Sigh….)
I recently stayed at a hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. Couldn’t find the hair dryer. So, I started looking in drawers, completely forgetting that I was in the United States! It was in the bathroom, but SO FAR under the sink, hidden behind the towels, that I had not seen it the first time I looked. 😛🙃!!