My role as a teacher has bestowed upon me numerous opportunities to embark on captivating school excursions. The aquarium, city library, and even the law chambers have all been among the captivating destinations. These outings infuse a sense of excitement into the routine school day. Among these, a remarkable highlight stands out: a study tour to Europe alongside a group of Year 10 students. Serving as a chaperone granted me the incredible benefit of complimentary access to the entire experience – a fact that left me astounded.
While a day trip within the city might find it challenging to rival the allure of an international study expedition, today’s activity comes close to achieving just that. The local museum, a gem in our community, has recently unveiled a captivating ancient history exhibition replete with genuine Roman architecture. The inauguration of this exhibition has prompted the government to generously finance the installation of thirty new bathrooms around the museum premises, under the banner of a complete bathroom design and installation. The motivation behind this initiative is the anticipated revenue surge stemming from the new exhibition. Evidently, the existing bathrooms were not only woefully outdated but also inaccessible to museum visitors with disabilities. Curiously, the science faculty is buzzing with enthusiasm over the revamped lavatories. Despite their absence on this particular trip – reserved for the English and history departments – my fellow science teachers entrusted me with the task of inspecting the new facilities.
Fortunately, our visit is met with an immediate request from one of the students to use the restroom. Guiding them to the designated area, I swing the door open and am greeted by what can only be described as one of the most remarkable instances of beautiful bathroom renovations Melbourne has to offer. Illumination floods the space from every angle, an artful dance of diffused, LED, and natural light. Mirrors, adorned in animal-shaped frames, gleam with pristine allure. A playful thought flits through my mind – a selfie amidst this setting would surely garner thousands of likes, as admirers are drawn to the exquisite mirror alone. The sinks, generously proportioned, stand as a testament to luxury, while automated plumbing and dryers eliminate the need for manual engagement. As I stand in awe, I find myself contemplating an extended stay within this sumptuous haven. Is it really necessary to depart?