When you travel, you never know what you are going to find when you excuse yourself to use the restroom. The United States is unified in their approach to all the basics, but outside the country, you head into some widely different scenarios.
One thing that you are not guaranteed while overseas is the availability of toilet paper. In many countries, their plumbing systems cannot accommodate toilet paper, so next to your toilet you will find a little waste bin. There are also places where there are just buckets of water that you use to wash with or a hose with a nozzle to help clean up down there.
In Europe, you are just as likely to see a bidet as you are a toilet. These cleaning devices were invented in France around the 1600’s. Most travelers will usually take a spin on these at some point in their travels. As they say “When in Rome…”
Hot and Cold spigots
If you have ever traveled to England, you may have noticed something a little different when going to wash your hands. They have a hot and cold water spigot and those streams to do cross. The reason for this interesting plumbing choice has become something of an urban legend. However, we believe that it had to do with rebuilding after WWII and having different sources of hot and cold water available to the houses at that time.
We hope that some different plumbing isn’t a deterrent to keep you from jumping on a plane anytime soon. Traveling and seeing different cultures is always a rewarding experience.