So, this is a Turkish toilet (aka squatty potty). This particular one is in our home. Please take note of a few things about our Turkish toilet...1. The bathroom slippers. Every home has a Turkish toilet and every Turkish toilet has a pair of plastic slippers that you wear upon entering. You don't want your bare feet to stand on that toilet edge, and you don't want your regular house slippers to accidently get wet.
2. The plastic blue pitcher. Every Turkish toilet also has a little pitcher beside it. The idea is that you fill up the pitcher with water then use that to wash yourself off after you do your business (now those plastic slippers are starting to make sense).
3. A lack of toilet paper... actually ours has toilet paper, you just can't see it. But many don't. Why? Because of that blue bucket... and your left hand. That's how you clean yourself up. A friend told me a statistic - the average Turkish home goes through only 7 rolls of toilet paper a year. Most of those are used to dry off hands after hands wipe... um ... you know.
Once an American friend here told me about a Turk he knew who went to America. When he was asked what the hardest thing about living in America was, his honest answer was the bathroom system. Americans just have toilet paper, there is no way to get your hands all wet and get that squeaky clean feeling that only a good wash gives you.
I'd say the same about living in Turkey. The bathroom system is quite an adjustment. I've learned to tuck some kleenex into my pocket whenever I go anywhere because I don't want to be stuck doing what it takes to get that squeaky clean feeling (believe me, that's no fun... but that's another story!)
"Sins I've Committed... Part 3" is coming soon. Check back to find out the sin I committed in the Turkish toilet!