Sunday, October 18, 2009

The toilette






People did warn me before coming to Korea that their toilettes were "different". They do have modern toilettes but in public places, most of the time, they use what are called squat pots. They are sort of like a urnial but on the ground. So you have to REALLY squat. No matter what,I cannot get used to them. I have attached a picture. Not the funnest. People keep telling me I will get used to them, but it has been two months now, and I still don't care for them. And well, if you have to go number two---exactly....don't even go there Jodylynn. I have heard some people say they are more hyegenic. Hmmm.....how can this be, when about 95% of the time, there is no toilette paper, no soap to wash your hands and nothing to dry your hands. I also find it very perplexing that there is always water all over the floor and it hasn't been raining outside. Hmmmm....

Now, with all of that being said, there are places that have extremely high tech toilettes. That do the cleaning for ya! I have attached a picture. As you can see there are many buttons. Well, curious minds wanted to know. One button is to heat the seat...kind of nice. The other squirts water on your hiney and you can even tell it what direction--front or back squirt!!! The last button is the dryer...blows your butt. I was laughing my butt off...pun intended. Most public facilities have squat pots...but there are some that have regular toilettes. If I am out and about...I try to stick to where I know they have the regular ones!

I am also attaching a picture of a button. These are at tables when dining out. When you need the watiress you just ring her! Nice, huh? Also, when dining out the biggest napkin you ever get is a cocktail napkin. Very stange. I went to a pizza place--PIZZA and we got several small cocktail napkins to use to clean up with. I was at a "high end" restaurant today --same thing...several cocktail napkins. Very strange. There are bar/restaurants where the toilette paper for the bathroom is at your table. Just a roll of toilette paper is sitting out by the "bell". They have a hard time with paper prodcuts here, I don't understand why they are not in the bathroom? Most places don't ever have any papertowel to dry your hands. Some places have actual "towels" like cloth towels and bars of soap (if there is any soap). But never liquid soap. Interesting...

Stayed tuned next...alcohol.