27 March 2011

Weekly SD Blog RoundUp Call for Entries

Meow, the cat's out of the bag now. I'm a State Department blogger, for those readers who know I'm overseas but don't know why. I try to play it cool, focusing on being overseas rather than why we are overseas. But many other SD bloggers have been kind enough to link to me and comment so now it's my turn to repay the favor. I'm hosting the State Department Blog RoundUp this week.

I like the "optional talking point" idea from last week. Here it is: International Bathrooms. Not necessarily in our housing, since housing has been discussed quite a bit lately (although you're certainly free to discuss it some more). I'm thinking more along the lines of the best and worst at the airports and hotels we tend to pass through regularly, funny misunderstandings, etc., and not necessarily limited to your post. Vacation destination bathrooms count too.

For example:
In Poland the bathroom doors are marked with circles and triangles. I used the men's room once and walked into a second men's room before I realized this.

The bathroom stalls in Brussels airport are narrow. At 32 weeks pregnant with my carry-on bag in tow I could not turn around!

The Tribe hotel in Nairobi has an open floor plan, which means the bathtub is in the room and the toilet and shower are behind a glass partition. The Raddisson in Delhi also has glass wall on one side of the bathroom. You have to be really comfortable with your roomie to stay there.

At a particularly nice restaurant in Burundi, I was not startled by the unisex bathroom stall. What startled me was that the men's urinal was installed directly outside that door, with nothing partitioning it from view. I had to walk past a man using it to enter that bathroom. He didn't seem to mind.

Don't get me started on some of the less-than-ideal conditions we faced in Tanzania. My first experience with a hole-in-the-ground bathroom was at a gas station/convenient store outside Moshi. It wasn't until several rest stops later that I realized what the raised blocks on either side of the hole were for.
As noted before, the theme is optional. If you have anything else to share this week, leave me a comment or send me an email. Please let me know by midnight Thursday, U.S. eastern time.

The next few weeks are open for hosting. If you're interested, check out the calendar.


Mike said...

Germany. Poop Shelf. That is all.

Digger said...

Those hole in the ground ones are pretty common in Azerbaijan, and after serving there, my wife and I began asking whichever of the two of us went into a bathroom first "sitter or squatter?"

Derien A'RulesTheNet said...

I find it creepy that they carpet bathrooms in England. I guess that doesn't even register on most people's weirdometers, but it seems unsanitary to me.

Nomads By Nature said...


My submission for the round up! Thanks for taking on the hosting duties!

Anonymous said...

Here's mine!

Smallbits said...


Here's mine!

Kate said...

Stephanie, my story isn't about an overseas bathroom, but it does have some toilet drama:


Sadie said...

Thanks for hosting! Here's my contribution: http://sadieabroad.blogspot.com/2011/03/most-important-word-in-any-language.html.

Liz said...

After a long absence, here's my post for the roundup:



Connie said...

Here's my little story http://whaleears.blogspot.com/2011/03/potty-truck.html just a little story :)

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
We find that decorating toilets and sinks in Brazil is fairly common! My husband actually took a picture in the oldest restaurant in South America....

Shannon said...

Mines up http://cyberbones.blogspot.com/2011/03/ewww.html

And thanks Mike! I had successfully blocked the poop shelf from my memories of Germany. Blech!

Katie said...

Okay, this is super late-breaking, but just in case you can fit it in:

Thanks for hosting!