Inspired by this week’s #TTOT (that’s Travel Talk On Twitter… I’ll let Melvin explain), I thought I’d blog the answers to questions about travel toilets. And a few more besides (you can scroll down… no gruesome pictures!)
Q1. Coolest/most awesome bathroom you have seen? The cute, hobbit-like eco-friendly compost toilet at my friend’s parents’ summerhouse in the Finnish lakes.
Q2. What is the most disgusting bathroom you’ve encountered abroad? A toilet behind a restaurant in Damxung (aka. the “big plate of chicken place” for those who travelled with me!), Tibet. You could see (and most certainly smell!) what people had had for dinner 2 days before heaped under the slit in the floor.
Q3. What is the best “Loo View” you have ever had?. The view over the Finnish lake (frozen when I visited one December) from the top photo was stunning. Also: Hongchungping monastery, Mount Emei, China. There was a beautiful view over a misty valley….
The window view…
…but sadly it was still a hideous hole in the floor, which did not encourage me to linger!
Q4. What was your most embarrasing travel bathroom experience? (I remembered a better one) It simply involves a train toilet with one of those “automatic locking doors” that doesn’t really seem to lock properly, and opens at the most inopportune moment…!
No-one uses Western toilets in rural China
Another contender for A3. A compost toilet in a shed at the foot of this Icelandic glacier.
And finally, a message from our Chinglish friends!
Today there was a great article on the Lonely Planet website about the destinations which have changed your life.
I’ve also taken the below visual from there:
For me it’s Tibet, Iceland and Bhutan. So far. But I am hopeful to think that there will be many more to come…