Since the house was as clean and organized as it would ever get (thanks to my pre-guest cleaning binge) I decided to update my Pink House photo album. I took some pics of the guest room, the stairway and then made my way into our main bathroom. It was there that I ran into another little difference - our potty or toilet, as called by most grown-ups.
As you can see it is sleeker, dare I say sexier than it's clunky American counterpart. It doesn't have a tank. I guess that means I don't have to worry about changing the flapper. It also doesn't have the pedestal part that gets sealed onto the floor. I'll tell ya, I don't miss cleaning that part. And those white screw covers on each side that get all dusty and gross. Don't have 'em here. But the real interesting detail is the flusher. It is those 2 silver buttons mounted above the toilet. The big button is for . . .um, when you need a big flush and the smaller button is just for pee. The dual flush system. Pretty cool. It is eco-friendly as it uses less water to flush. I'm not current with the toilet market in the U.S. Are these available there? Or something similar? I know we have water saving toilets . . .
Although I'm a newbie here, I do know that Europe has a wide variety of toilets and flushers (or lack there of.) In Luxembourg, though this is generally the type of toilet you'll find. In Italy there was a bidet in every place we stayed. When I was in India (9 years ago) I saw many squat toilets. I had no idea what they were and how to use them. So I just held it. Nothing like walking into a public bathroom and seeing a sink on the floor and a bucket. Still not sure I have the understanding and confidence needed to make that work.
Do you have a toilet story? Potty talk is welcome here!