Whilst I have seen “squat toilets” before on this trip….in the majority of places we have been able to find a “western toilet” alternative. Occasionally, I have been left with no choice but to use one…the first time was in Albania and the next in Burdur (Turkey). It was not the easiest thing to do….but it was only No 1 and everything was okay in the end….I carry a secret stash of toilet paper (TP) in my riding pants and eventually figured out what to do with the tap and bucket, or hose and water tap!
Our hotel in Tabriz had both a squat toilet and a western toilet in it….this was the first time we have experienced one in a hotel and obviously there was no need to use it.
But our hotel in Zanjan ONLY had a squat toilet…..Vince and I had joked earlier about who would be the first to need to use it. My money was on Vince to be the first to christen it….but DUM DE DUM DUM (drum roll)…..you guessed it….I needed No2 yesterday.
I went in…..and without giving you the gorey details did the necessary as carefully and strategically as I could……but there was just one problem……it wouldn’t go away!!!!! I tried a few things but nothing was working…..so I had to call in the big guns……Vince had a bit of a challenge but eventually conquered the situation and was victorious! Meanwhile I was in hysterics watching him with a hose as he was saying “I think we should Google how to use a squat toilet”….a bit late!!!!! As the internet here doesn’t work that would have been no use in any case!
Suffice to say we have both mastered it now…..and just as well as both of us have had upset tummies today……I guess it was something we ate yesterday….the joys of adventure travel!