Right now I’m at home in Bangkok, and I’ve been thinking a lot about toilets.
Thought #1. It feels SO amazing to wake up and sit on a WARM toilet seat. My bathroom in Kunming gets pretty chilly, and I dreaded the morning bathroom trip because it was such a rude awakening to my behind!
Thought #2. In my apartment in Kunming we were having issues with our toilet clogging, so we now throw all toilet paper into a waste basket, rather than into the toilet. This is a pretty common phenomenon around China, and isn’t much of a hassle, it just means we need to dump out the waste basket a little more often. Now that I’m in Bangkok I always hesitate before throwing the paper in the bowl… old habits die hard.
Thought #3. You know you’ve lived in China for a while when you can pop a squat in a squatty potty in a full length winter coat, with a backpack (containing a laptop and heavy books/papers) on your back, in high heels, with a scarf dangling around your neck. AND you have some tissue prepared in advance (because bathrooms NEVER provide free toilet paper). Sometimes I even have to do all of the above while holding onto the door because the lock is broken. Yup, I’ve got the routine down.
Thought #4. Related to #3 (or is it #2 haha), I kind of miss squat toilets! I never thought I’d say that. Maybe this is TMI, but… it’s just… easier to go while you’re squatting! Read this if you don’t believe me.
Thought #5. I DO NOT miss the unmistakable odors of Chinese public restrooms. Be it a fancy restaurant, mall, or public bathroom on the side of a busy road, most bathrooms smell pretty terrible. You can usually find your way to the bathroom by sniffing around for the scent and following your nose. Gross. Usually I hold a bit of tissue over my mouth to mask the smell while I do my business. Ugh, I can smell it now. It’s making me feel sick. Sorry for that! Yesterday, I went to the bathroom at a nice restaurant in Bangkok and kind of wanted to stay in there and dance around for a while. It smelled like a spa, was beautifully designed, and had plenty of FREE toilet paper and hand soap. So luxurious!