Trials and Tribulations
I'm now into day 5 without any hot water in my apartment. The locals tell me that this is a regular event that happens for approximately 1 week every Autumn and then again in Spring. Hot water is pumped to Tashkent's apartment blocks via a city wide system of pipes (if you live in a house then you have your own boiler so aren't affected). Apparently the pipes are being flushed out in preparation for the winter when hot water is pumped to the apartments for heating systems. This story sounds rather odd though and I have yet to figure out why they would need to turn the hot water off again in the spring when I would think that flushing would not be required. Anyway, this year I came prepared for this scenario and bought a camping solar shower with me. It means getting up a little earlier and boiling a jug of water, mixing it with cold water (I've still got plenty of this) and then hanging the system up over my bath tub. I know I am a whining/spoilt westerner but I really do love having a hot shower.