As promised, I was going to elaborate on why our toilet is one of a handful of things I will miss while on our journey. There are two reasons I am thankful for our toilet~~
I clean our toilet so I know it’s clean. Our toilet is reliable and efficient so I can count on it doing the job it is intended on doing. Our toilet is always in the same place so it’s easy to find. Our toilet is surrounded by our own personal niceties, like a pen and the daily crossword puzzle.
When moving from place to place, a toilet can be a crapshoot, literally. If you’ve been to a rural train station in Italy, like Pisa, you know what I mean. In Amsterdam, we stayed in a guesthouse where we shared a bathroom. In there was a box of matches, a placard, and a toilet. Written on the placard, Please burn after heavy business. Wasn’t sure what constituted heavy business? I burned one anyway. In the Swiss Alps, we stayed at the legendary Mountain Hostel. Here there are co-ed bathrooms for 60 co-eds, young and old. With four toilet stalls, the nightmare can be in the morning, if you get my drift. For a $5 bunk, world-class hiking, a COLD alpine shower, and a million dollar view, it’s worth it. We’ve stayed twice.
Two toilet tips while traveling~~
Sometimes the nearest toilet is not the best toilet. Our little secret–>100 meters down from the Mountain Hostel is the gondola station. Toilets here are always clean and rarely used.
When touring, use the public facilities at museums, libraries, post offices, schools. You never know when then next opportunity will knock. In a pinch, drop into a Starbucks. For the price of a cup of coffee, you can take care of business and sit down for FREE wifi.
By the way, for a HOT shower at the Mountain Hostel, take a hike up the mountain–> Our little secret.