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Wipe or Wash?
Paper or Water?

"Squat or sit?" is probably the biggest toilet question for international travelers, especially for Americans. That may be the case partly because Americans don't even know that they need to also ask this question: What do the locals use to clean themselves, and therefore what will they provide for me: Toilet paper or water?

Imagine that you are an American traveling overseas.

You check into a hotel, only to discover that you don't have a shower or tub in your room. Nor is there one down the hallway.

Quickly, you go back downstairs to the front desk.

You inquire at the front desk about where you should take a shower, and the desk clerk is horrified that you would want to do such a thing.

You are told that what you should do is rub dry paper all over your body. That is the very best way of getting clean. Spraying water on your body would be a dirty practice! Don't behave that way in our hotel!

OK, now you know how everyone else feels when they hear an American say that toilet paper is extremely clean but using water is a filthy practice.

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Today's Featured Toilet
Notice the footpads on this toilet on board a Latvian passenger train. This passenger car was built in Russia during the days of the Soviet Union, when rail cars provided squatters for passengers from Central Asian Soviet republics.

Lower the seat and it's a raised throne. With the seat up, as seen here, it's an elevated squatter.

The tricky part is balancing on those foot pads as the train sways and bounces along poorly maintained rail lines! See the dedicated train toilet page for many examples from railroads around the world.
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Bob Cromwell seated on the ancient public toilets in Ephesus.

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