Outhouses in Foreign Countries

Woman reflects on two outhouse experiences while abroad.

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I once went to work in a developing country (Kenya). There the floor of the outhouse is made of a slab of concrete or a platform of planks with a hole about 6 x 8 inches in the middle. The trick is to get into position to hit that hole. It is a hit and miss procedure.

The most unusual toilet I ever saw was in the Castle of Chillon. There was a little window-seat-like shelf in the corner of the room. When the guide lifted the lid, there was the round hole and you could look - it seemed like hundreds of miles - down into Lake Geneva. How could anyone relax and accomplish anything on a place like that? 

Wilma Gill
Orlando, Florida


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