T O I L E T – everyone’s chair of relief!!
How many words can you think of for CRAPPER?
toilet, latrine, lavatory, john, the can, the pot, stool, throne, potty, commode, shitter, bathroom, the loo, pooper, restroom, outhouse, washroom, WC or water closet, the porcelain bus….feel free to add on!
Well let me teach you a thing or two! NOT ALL TOILETS ARE THE SAME, nope, nada, not one bit! When you travel around the world you come across all kinds of shapes and sizes and sometimes they will blow your mind! From the PIT HOLE outhouse to the ELECTRONIC deluxe which the Japanese have down to a science! And then there is the European Bidet and the Bum Gun…oh boy are you in for a treat, lol!! Just follow me as I go into greater detail.
Anything related to the human orifices seems to be taboo to talk about, but man I wish someone had taken the time to explain how some of these bathrooms work. I often wondered if the person in the stall next to me to could hear my camera shutter click…and if they thought I was a Peeping Tom or something, haha, but I certainly did get some funny looks! I took enough pictures to give my audience a photographic self-explanation of toilet protocol bits! Just take a gander below and I think you can get a free lesson!
As you can see from my photos, bathrooms come in all sizes around the world….some so small you have to sit sideways to fit your legs (lots of this in Europe) or large enough to fit a family…and they will! I’ve seen everything from Kids bathrooms and Unisex bathrooms to Electronic, Handicap, Family Size, Squat and The Hole out back. Although bathrooms in homes in Indonesia were part of the inside of the home, they had open windows to the outside and so there was no AC for the lavatory, only inside the home which made them much like a sauna. Sometimes while traveling you come across an unusual sink display like the photos shown below.
Some come equipped with signs on HOW to use the toilets but who can read them in a foreign language? Most certainly you will get a chuckle from the cartoon signage posted about it! So here is your The Traveling Harmonica Lesson on HOW TO UNDERSTAND A FOREIGN TOILET….are you ready..get set..GO!
Well my travel friends, that about sums up your lesson on toilets. I wish I had thought about this more as I traveled so I could have shared more photos, but Japan is so together with signage that I was able to pull most of my shots from there…so THANK YOU JAPAN! Sometimes it is the smallest things that intrigue you or stump you when on a journey far and wide and any bit of information can be useful…even if it’s about toilets!!
Cheers, Ms Harmonica