I always get the most comments when I blog about the toilets in foreign countries. You know you all are very sophomoric, don't you? But, I give you what you want so here is my blog post about the toilets in Eastern Europe.
Well let's start with the obvious. There were no fancy or high tech toilets in Ukraine. This post will highlight some of the grossest bathroom facilities I've ever encountered. And remember people, I camp and have been known to dig a hole in the woods as a potty. So for me to say these are gross, that means it is worse than digging a hole in the woods. But really, not all the bathrooms were this bad. I'm just showing you the highlights. When we were in the hotels and restaurants they had clean (basic) facilities.) Most societies have yucky bathrooms in public places.
First, the irony of the situation. When you are at a hotel or restaurant and get to use the nice clean facilities, it is FOR FREE. However, when you use the gross, disguisting facilities in public areas you have to pay. I thought that was really funny - I paid 1 or 2 Hriven to use the gross potty. That isn't much money, it equates to 10-20 cents, but still.... funny.
So let's start with the basics. Eastern European's smoke and I guess they like to smoke in the bathroom. Look at this ingenious set up. Toilet Paper and a Cigarette Dispenser side by side. Nice.
Europeans are also very modest. They like their privacy so the toilet stalls are always almost down to the floor and up to the ceilings. The stalls we have in America have a much bigger gap in the bottom. A German friend of mine always freaks out when she comes to America because she feels so 'out there.'
So, let's talk about the nasty potties. The first really nasty potty I encountered was on the soviet area train from Budapest Hungary to Chop Ukraine. This potty was a seat with hole down to the tracks. Yup, if you looked you could see the tracks going by under the potty. Imagine how nice this would have been in the freezing winter. It wasn't especially nice in the heat of the summer either. There was a foot pedal (see it on the side of the potty??) If you held the foot pedal down water came out and lined the bowl. The same foot pedal was for the sink.
Everywhere societies label their boys and girls rooms with words and images to help people identify the girls from the guys. I thought this was a funny image to use to indicate the difference. A little girl on a pot? Really?
Thanks for visiting my blog today. Come back tomorrow for the final post on our Eastern European trip where I highlight Sarah's life in Ukraine.