Travel Guide

Shit happens – Journey to the Quiet Place of the World

Other countries other manners. Regarding culture, this not only applies to customs, gestures and facial expressions, but also to the visit to the quiet village. And because we all have to – whether black or white, rich or poor, fat or thin, no matter what religion or culture we belong to – the inevitable, regular visit of the quiet village makes us so wonderful and essential.

This bizarre idea often occurs to me even in the moments (unfortunately much too rarely), when I am bathed in fear sweat and with wet hands heading for a situation in which I have to prove myself – in front of other people. Not the much-quoted advice “Imagine the people naked,” calms me, but rather the idea that the others are all human beings and sometimes have to. It even reaches the thought to make me smile – I do not need detail ideas.

World stars, pop stars, YouTube influencers, politicians, you, me, everyone – even space travelers have to go to the bathroom! Strictly speaking, they do not have to go to the bathroom, but into the diaper – as NASA admits in the course of the ideas competition called ” Space Poop Challenge,” which was announced until December 2016. For the best ideas for solving the Kloproblematik in space, there are quite considerable prizes to win! Idea?

But I do not have to fly into space to deal with the toilet problem; it is enough to travel to other countries. Almost every country has its toilet adventure.

“Mmm, ah! … Pardon the intimate question: how do you do that exactly at the quiet place? “, Is a question that arises in mind at regular intervals. I rarely pronounce them aloud. Maybe in conversation with other travelers, who also sought the riddle’s solution.

What often remains is speculating, testing and testing with spray guns, cans, outdoor drying, left hands and the regular overcoming of time-tested methods. The privacy is not forgotten on the track.

“Good that sometimes I forget them (the privacy) in the mountains,” is now another train of thought. A fact that has kept me busy after an expedition, where some awkward things had to be done just a few meters away because you can not hide in crevasses.

But if you travel a lot, you will not be spared the intimate journey to the quiet places of the world. The curious acquaintances with the worldwide toilet culture are always – whether intentional or unintentional – all inclusive. And this fact is not a utopian construct, but rational and unashamedly considered pure reality.

For a long time, I thought about how to structure my contribution. Several times I have rejected my structure. Unexpectedly, I realized that I have a lot to say about toilets and the surrounding area. But basically, that’s no wonder. After all, we spend about a year of our lives aborted! Well, let’s start traveling.

The toilet position

Short and dry, the toilet world is dominated by two different positions: sitting or squatting.

Unfamiliar for most people with us, the squat toilet has the wider broadening worldwide. Two-thirds of the world’s population go after the urine and defecation in a stooped position. It is mainly distributed in Central / Southeast Asia, Africa, China, Turkey, India or in southern Europe such as Italy and France.

Although the squat toilet has numerous positive health and hygienic benefits, the seated toilet appears to be in the long-term fast lane. Immobility is the biggest buzzword as a result of wear and tear of joints, lack of exercise and obesity.

According to studies, the crouched position would be the ergonomic, more favorable position for defecation and also cheaper to buy and maintain. It is considered to be more hygienic because there is no direct physical contact with the person using it with the potentially polluted Kloamaturen such as the toilet seat.

Since some have their problems with the seated toilet and the others their difficulties with the squat toilet, recently developing multi-cultural toilets, which leave the choice of preferred Kloposition, in my opinion, a forward-looking, cross-cultural ingenious advancement in toilet history. Especially in public spaces, this would prevent a large number of nasty soiling. I have not seen her anywhere yet. It, therefore, means: wait – drink tea and …!

The body cleansing & remedies

There are also two opposing trends in cleaning after using the toilet: the use of water or paper.

The water, the tools & the technology

The aid water can be used with simple to sophisticated technology. Means merely carrying your water in a container to cleanse and rinse if necessary. Followed by provided water barrels on the sanitary facilities, which guarantee a local water supply.

Or subsequently, running water in the form of a faucet mounted at the side of the wall.

Another ingenious space-saving upgrade level is for the next to the squat or sitting toilet specially mounted water hoses with spray function, which are very common especially in Thailand. Bidets, which are installed in addition to the toilet, especially in southern Europe in sanitary rooms, but need the act of implementing, I find meanwhile as impractical.

More people have thought and designed the so-called shower toilet. At the push of a button, the water jet installed in the toilet is activated à la spray gun. It is cleaned by water jet, dried with paper or air.

As the all-in-one solution is the Japanese Washlet, therefore, the absolute deluxe Klovariante represents. Preheated toilet seats, built water jet, smell exhausted and noise About tint and even a hair dryer to dry let all hearts of tech-savvy sanitary lovers beat faster. Unfortunately, never been used, I need you for accurate reporting to put off later.

Digression: The left hand

“Mmmhh, Ahhh … to come back again to: How do you do now exactly at the smallest room so no toilet paper?”

With the left hand. The left hand is of particular importance for cleaning after using the toilet worldwide.   Therefore, it is considered impure in many cultures.

Regular hand washing, especially before eating, is therefore very important in many countries. In Bangladesh, there is a sink, for example, in every place, where ever before eating invariably washes his hands. Some could take this example – even if they use toilet paper.

And how does that work correctly? Very easily. The jug/container or hose comes into the right hand, with the left hand, the water is collected with the palm of your hand and sprayed high or just cleaned with the wet hand of the genital area. In the practical spray gun hose use is targeted directly – to become “palpable” is then often not necessary. But always careful – with inexperienced use it can come to wet disasters! After that, air is usually dried, rarely is additional toilet paper or towels available for drying.

As a small note, in most countries, where the toilet is handled in this form, very often long and loose clothing is worn that extends far beyond the buttocks. Any wet spots are therefore not visible. The “problem” only western travelers have.

The unique toilet paper & the environment

One-ply, two-ply, three-ply, four-ply – the qualitative differences between toilet paper worldwide are huge. While felt in India, the toilet paper dissolves when it is touched by hand; there are in the “West” super soft, super absorbent, super tear-resistant toilet paper to buy. This is consumed in masses!

I was horrified when I socialized after a long trip to Asia and water purification noticed how the toilet paper rolls with usual handling only as melted – how ecological the water purification was and how much cleaner you felt. And how many trees – in the truest sense of the word – had not come to a shitty end by using water.

Here is a small calculation: per capita, paper consumption in Austria in 2014/2015 was around 230 kg. About 1/10 – that is 23 kg per year for the hygienic paper. In the course of life (assuming 80 years of toilet paper use), 1.2 eucalyptus trees or almost three spruces per person fall victim only to our butts. Trees that have to be replanted and grown over the years. Pretty shitty, huh?

It is, therefore, worthwhile to pay attention to whether trees have been felled, felled and replanted for our butt or made for another use and have been down-sampled for our butts.

Whether the toilet paper is disposed of after use in the toilet or collected in a wastebasket next to it depends on the country. In Russia, India, Myanmar, Nepal and many others, in Thailand, I noticed differences in location – quasi in a city-rural divide.

In principle, toilet paper would be made to dissolve as quickly as possible in the sewer. So that the once-usable tissue paper and the feces land in the designated sewer system and thus the hygiene is high, the stench low and epidemics can be avoided.

But not every country has the necessary high-performance sewerage infrastructure.

Sewerage and disposal

The world toilet day, which takes place on 19 November, reminds that not everyone has the luxury of a sewer system and wonderful sanitary facilities. More than 40% of the world’s population does not yet have sufficient sanitary facilities available.

Voluntary outdoor toilets, which outdoor enthusiasts cannot escape sooner or later, are not included. Just for information: burial depth should be at least 15 cm and take place 50 to 100m away from watercourses, burying or burning toilet paper, put handkerchiefs in the garbage bag! For group tours, a shared toilet tent should be a matter of course!

The solutions for lack of sewerage are different: directly into the water, collected in a pit or Sackerl. Yes, that’s right. – “I’ve got a bag for your gaffe,” as is the case in many places in Greenland, where human waste is collected in large, blue garbage bags. Unfortunately, I do not know what will happen to them afterward. Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of it either. Even if, as in mobile sanitary facilities, a strong chemical legacy was contained in it, I can not remember.

Unfortunately, the hated mobile chemical toilets are also a solution, where deep breathed, everyone wants to go before going to “ToiToi” and has best-prepared someone who revives you with a “Dixie” grape sugar afterward. Although the operators – to my impression – endeavor to minimize the bad image of Mobilklos, whole e generation were influenced by unfavorable mobile toilet conditions at various festivals for their lives sustainable. Or not?

Until a few decades ago, even in our latitudes was the outhouse or the so-called dry toilet. While one was collected together in a septic tank, urine and feces are separated in the compostable dry toilet. Often sawdust or bark mulch is added. Efficient reuse and odor neutrality are clear advantages. Often there is even a beautiful view over the area.

Squatting toilets, sitting toilets, mass toilets with and without partitions, toilets with the best views in the world – you can experience a lot in one life.

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