Public Toilets: The good, the bad and the ugly. None of us like to use public toilets but when you travel it is something that you cannot avoid. When a fellow blogger Savira, recently shared a very fancy toilet photo with us on her post, A moment in time, it reminded me of all the different toilets that I have used over the years.
1. The Automated Toilet:
Some years ago I was using a public toilet somewhere in Germany. I think I overstayed my welcome because suddenly my host decided it was time for me to leave. It flushed on its own! I leaped into the air with a yell and heard giggles coming from the cubicle next to me. I had my first introduction with the automated toilet.
Not all toilets are automated. When I hiked through the jungle in Thailand I knew we were going to rough it up. Here I met a toilet of a different kind.
2. A squat toilet in the jungle:
I have never used a squat toilet before so this was a first and quite a challenge. Nobody explained exactly how the squat toilet worked. My first attempt did not go very well and I lost my balance and fell off the pedestal. I hurt my foot in the process!
In another camp, the toilet was in a bamboo hut about 300m from the rooms. At night it was pitch black dark and the girls were scared to go to this toilet. There were huge spiders inside the toilet and no light. Definitely one of the more adventurous toilets that I have used.
3. The Bidet:
In Argentina, bidets are very popular. Here I learned to use the bidet. Houses in South Africa don´t have bidets so it took some time getting used to.
4. Squatty potty on a train:
A squat toilet is not easy to use. Imagine using it on a moving train! I had my first introduction with this type of toilet on an 11 hour ride from St. Petersburg to Moscow. I don´t think the toilet was cleaned once during the journey. I was not in the best of moods when we left the train!
5. A Squatty potty in a Shopping center:
Imagine my shock when I went to a public toilet in Russia and was greeted by a squat toilet! For Western people who have never used this before it is a challenge.
6. A Long-drop:
Have you ever used a “Long-drop” toilet? I was surprised to learn that many older houses in Russia still have a long-drop outside. Another first for me.
Using toilets in other countries can be a challenge especially for people who travel to countries where they use squat toilets and bidets. Always educate yourself prior to traveling to these countries and then find a way to work around them. Always bring your own toilet paper, wipes and anti-bacterial gel.
I am curious to know if anybody had a strange encounter with a foreign toilet?