14 October 2012

Little Things II

As I spend more time here, I notice more and more little things that sometimes makes me think, wow, this is different. Some of them are nice, some of them are not so nice.

I am still getting used to the idea of a reverse toilet. European toilets don't seem to like the idea of water just being there, inside the bowl, so that it will catch whatever you deposit, let it float there for a minute, until you flush it. No. The European toilet has water in the bowl, but not where you expect it to be.

The toilet actually has the hole at the front, so when you sit down, it's right there. Now, the toilet is designed such that there is a dish that will catch whatever it is you're depositing, and as long as you haven't flushed yet, it will sit there, with all the vapors emanating from it. When you flush, then the power of the water will push it to slide into the hole, flushing its contents.

So, unlike North American toilets, there isn't water in the bowl to catch your deposits. The deposit will sit there, fully exposed, not floating in water, until you flush the toilet.

I agree that it's a small difference, but it still weirds me out. Hence, I immediately flush the toilet.

And while we're in the topic of toilets, I think Berliners can do better when it comes to collecting their dog deposits. That's one thing that I decided I don't like here. People aren't too diligent when it comes to picking up after their dogs. Hence, I always watch where I walk.

Oh well, there are good and bad things to a city. There isn't a place called Utopia, anyway.

(Weird Hanging Objects, from my Museum of Modern Art Series)


  1. Oh yeah I wrote about toilet differences between Europe and North America too! I couldn't believe how much water there was in US-style toilets. And toilets seats are much lower in North America too, I find. I get a shock every time I visit my parents!

    1. Zhu,

      Haha, yes. It's not my first time to use European style toilets. I first encountered them in 2005 in Vienna, but yes, I thought the opposite. Where was the water?