Saturday, August 7, 2010

An Ode to Bathrooms!

In Europe, every bathroom is different, and they're all special in there own ways. In America we tend to be very very obssessed with toilet cleanliness, but in Europe, especially the mainland, that concern is not so great.

The ways to flush a toilet are as varied as the shapes and sizes of toilets that exist. Some have buttons on the wall, on the floor, or on the top of the toilet itself. Others use pull ropes, levers or touch pads.

And some are just holes in the ground with no recognizable place which you can either clean your special areas or your hands.

I have been on trains that just dump whatever you gave them onto the tracks, and others where they smell better then any other part of the train.

Some bathrooms you pay to use, others are free but a public donation of fifty cents is expected. On the trains you cannot drink the water, everywhere else the tap water is fine.

Some bathrooms are literally a small cage in the middle of the street, others are cylinder shaped modern boxes that are sprinkled throughout the city.

You may think it's strange for me to make a small post about bathrooms, but it's one of the more intimate experiences of traveling and one I think is fun to share.


  1. Hopefully that little roll of TP I suggested to pack came in handy then. :-P