Monday, May 17, 2010

Egyptian Toilets

Warning this post is graphic lol
Travellers to Egypt find one aspect of using a toilet here confusing. The restriction on toilet paper being flushed down the toilet. Users are asked to put used toilet paper in a bin next to the toilet and to Western minds this is not pleasant. But Egyptians do not expect you to put dirty paper there, so how does this work?

Toilets in Egypt either have an outlet in the bowl of the toilet that shoots a jet of water right up your bum or a hose where you can direct the jet where you want. So the idea is that you wash yourself and only use toilet paper for drying yourself. I bet it all makes sense now. Actually if you think about it, it is more hygienic to use water to wash, definitely refreshing in hot weather and keeps your hands cleaner.

PS I am talking about toilets in tourist establishments, outside of those you take your life in your hands :))

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