Friday, July 30, 2010

The Necessary Room

Today I'm sending you on a tour of some of the world's most unusual bathrooms. You can check them out here (and be sure to click through the ads so you don't get bogged down).

The photo is of an outhouse at the Aiken-Rhett house in Charleston--and once I stepped inside, I was amazed at how roomy and pleasant it was. Trust me, I've been in outhouses that weren't (but not recently!).

What's the most memorable bathroom you've ever been in? For me, I think I'd have to say the "squat pots" I saw in Asia about thirty years ago . . . they're like little bassinets fixed into the floor tile, and the bathroom stalls are in rooms that are unisex--in other words, a man may be in the stall next to you while you're, um, using the little "squat pot." I had to admire the strength and flexibility of the people who used those things regularly.

The hotel where I am in Co Springs has one unique luxury--heated toilet seats! :-) That's something I've never seen before . . .



Anonymous said...


West Africa. Cement building with absolutely no windows - couldn't see a thing. Big room, about ten square feet, with a hole the size of a dessert plate in the cement, somewhere, that I was supposed to hit, in the dark.

Also West Africa - women's urinals. They lined up along a low cement wall, presumably to keep things contained, and ...I don't even know. Whatever it is they do, I ...don't. I just left, and prayed for trees at opportune moments.

Unknown said...

I don't know about the "spy" bathroom. I mean, who can wait 15 minutes to find the place? When nature calls, 15 minutes isn't going to cut it!

Eileen Rife said...

I think my daughter and I used every bathroom facility available while in India. But the most memorable was the train toilet on route to Agra to tour the Taj. Gripping the hand rail while hovering over the hole surrounded by ceramic tile with tread marks for your feet is no small task, especially in a moving vehicle. Yep, these Asians are typically small, but they must have well-developed muscles.