Wednesday, March 17, 2010
A LITTLE CULTURAL EDUCATION
Ok gang, here's a little cultural education for our friends back home. It's amazing to me how many simple differences there are between countries. Take for instance the hot and cold water. Our cold is always to the right, hot to the left. Not so here, it's the opposite. An important thing to remember before getting in a shower-ouch! And another area is using the "necessary room", or as the potty training video my son grew up watching, "going to the potty, potty." Just recently the wife and I have solved the mystery of the toilet. (See picture) The flushing device is on the top, not the side (or done automatically like in the US), so you push the button on top. No problem, but when we got to our new hotel, there were 2 buttons on top. What to do? Well, the mystery has been solved. You see the small circle flushes quickly, that's for a number one usage; and the half moon flushes a little longer, that's for a number two usage-longer flush usually needed. It only took us 2 days to figure that whole thing out. But we are in no way complaining because at least this is a sit-down toilet. It seems that across the city, in many public places, they use the other type of toilet in the top picture. We call it a "squatty potty". Yes, ladies that's right, there is no seat! So use your imagination to figure out how that works without a seat. By the way, it is for both sexes and when you are at a restaurant or other place, there's no other option. These are fairly common so it definitely pays to know your surroundings and plan accordingly. Just another small thing to be really thankful for back home.