the bathroom story

The other day I received an inspiring telephone call by my dear friend A.-M. from Freiburg in southern Germany, who had been schooling with me way back in Nairobi. She asked me to help her renovate her awful 80s-styled bathroom, which had been left within a “light-brownish” state since the mid 1980s. Knowing how much it means to enjoy your nature’s call or even a welcomed hot bathing session in a comfy bathroom, I instantly took the next train from Bremen to Freiburg (~700kms) on a 39,- EUR ticket from Deutsche Bahn.

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The bathroom before. Someone had already painted the brown tiles on the walls with white paint, but it had come off again and looked quite shitty. Time for a change.

The bathroom turned out to be in need of a complete renovation, starting with a new basin and a new choo. Also, my dear friend A.-M. came up with this idea to change EVERYTHING, which made me to remove the bath tub in a spontaneous mood and consequently and desperately trying to find a new tub for home delivery + somewhow trying to arrange everything (it has to be mentioned, that I am completely new to this renovation business and – as of yet – haven’t done anything like that before. Tiles and this sort of stuff…).

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The debris after some hours. Hey, anyone in need of a second hand bath tub? :-)

Ati? Bath tub iko wapi?

Holes…nothing but a huge hole and no shower since two days….

After spending like three days on shopping @ DIY-stores, we eventually found a good and cheap new bath tub and also bought everything else we might need as well….(I’ll come back with more pics once we’ll have some visual progress here…)

Now – transport still seemed to be a problem, but then: we did it our way…





How do you transport a 6ft bath tub in a FORD KA? You just do it!

==> pls. stay tuned for more….

Author: jke

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