|Posted by Terry Love on March 20, 1999 at 15:08:46:|
|In response to Re: arabic bathrooms|
: Hi Terry I finally read your website. I loved your Bill Gates Mansion story. now I know why you wanted to know about lebanese bathrooms. In lebanon they like to do things the french style, so the bathrooms are french ( they shower more though!). A real traditional arabic bathroom has a whole in the floor with raised foot pads on either side you squat, there would also be a short length of hose attached to a faucet for washing with, since there is no T.P. (toilet paper) a chain hangs from above for flushing. on my first visit to the middle east we landed in Amman, Jordan I went to use the bathroom and was confronted with my first "arabic toilet" I said to myself; Allison you're not in Kansas anymore! they also had regular toilets too, but I must admit I was shocked at first. but it certainly was much better than the farm at Mattawa using the outhouse there, where when the wind blew, the T.P. followed you out the door. Once it blew over with mom in it!!!
I have fond memories of the outhouse on the farm. Since it had no roof (5 inches of rain per year) I could see the stars at night. The 45-60 MPH winds in the early evening made it a challenge with the wind swirling in through the open roof and whipping around like a wind tunnel. No need for a fan there. If I opened the door, I could see the lights from the Tri-cities 75 miles away. Terry
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