Travel Tip #8: Washing Up

Travel Tip #8: Advice from a Purple Hippo

Be sure to take a bath and do laundry regularly, no one likes a stinky tourist.

The busy traveler often has difficulties when looking for adequate facilities in which to take a bath in. Never fear, a little ingenuity can go along way. One can use a large sink or basin for sponge baths. A hose is just a portable shower, try it out.

Or you could go with my personal favorite… (note for safety reasons the technique that follows should only be used by properly trained tiny purple hippos)

 Just climb into your machine of choice with your favorite bath puff

Yes that’s right, I use a front-loading washing machine, preferably with a window door so that I can watch the world spin by.

Have a friend close the door for you, or devise a system of levers and pulleys so you can shut the door from the inside, I have yet to master that technique.

At this point the water will start to fill the drum of the machine, make sure that you have set the water temperature to warm. Hot will scald your delicate hippo hide and cold will leave you chattering and a much darker purple.

This is my favorite part, the gentle agitation of warm water with lavender-scented bubble bath.

Here comes the spin cycle. Wa wa wa weeeee!

Oh bother, *burp*

There you have it, just look around and you will find so many places to rid yourself of all that grime you have picked up in your travels.

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Arriving at the Flat in Earl’s Court

I had quite an adventure getting into our flat in Earl’s Court.

Finding the proper flat was a bit of a trick.

Then I had to open the heavy gate.

Next I had to navigate my way down the stone stairs.

Once I had made it down the stairs it was time to focus on the front door.

I had the house keys, it seemed simple enough.

But how would I turn the key once I got up there? Oh bother, keys were just not made for hippos, perhaps mail slots were.

Home at last.

How to Avoid Jet Lag, Advice from a Purple Hippo

Avoiding jet lag is a much discussed art form.

Here are some of my favorite techniques so as not to feel tuckered after a transcontinental flight.

Number 1: Listen to relaxing music.

Number 2: Comfort is key, I suggest a neck pillow and eye mask.

Number 3: Stay well hydrated.

If you follow these three steps, you will be perky and alert when arriving at your destination.

This old man did not, he was asleep upon arrival to London.