Comment from: Katharine Saavedra [Visitor]
Katharine Saavedra

This was funny. Re.Toilet Paper, I get why you don’t want to say anything to the hotel about it. That is a potentially very awkward conversation. Indeed, it occurs to me that dealing with any personal service providers is oddly intimate what with them handling our stuff and all. I suppose that’s why rich people learn to ignore their presence eventually viewing them as nonpeople. Maybe you can just try to make a habit of unfolding the toilet paper whenever you walk into the room so that you don’t have to deal with it at inopportune times.

03/14/11 @ 12:43
Comment from: Jeffypoo [Visitor]

Birkenstocks? What are you, some kinda… wait, nevermind. Hehe

03/14/11 @ 12:53
Comment from: Puck [Visitor]


I love you.

03/14/11 @ 12:58
Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]


When I was in college (a little technical college in a backwater corner of the Midwest) I shared a number of classes with a fellow from Nigeria who was more philosopher than nerd. (Although he did a good job with the technical parts of the program, too.) He stopped me one day after lunch and wanted to know if he could ask me some questions. I thought he wanted help with homework, so I said okay.

He spent the next 45 minutes asking about life in America, because as he put it, he wanted to understand “how do you survive in the midst of plenty?”

That question has stuck in my head for over 30 years, and I’m looking forward to seeing your answer to it. (grin)


03/14/11 @ 13:28
Comment from: Aunt Bann [Visitor]
Aunt Bann

Diana, you “asides” are as amusing as the rest of your rant! Thank you for the grins. Love to read what you write, at any time, but this is really amusing and informative, at the same time. When any of your readers get rich enough to come over there, they will know what to expect!! lol

Love you! Keep up the good writing!

03/14/11 @ 21:47
Comment from: Farren [Visitor]

“Please unhand my toilet paper” :D

I love travel stories!


Something something something chocolate salty balls (juvenile snickering)

03/15/11 @ 13:06
Comment from: Farren [Visitor]

Di, you will long for folded toilet paper if you ever find yourself checked into a cheap hotel not designated “euro style” in the middle of Bangalore.

Especially after they show you a hole in the floor, a bucket and a tap after you enquire about a toilet and shower.

Turkey (?) sounds fabulous and confusing! Why no clocks?

03/15/11 @ 13:12
Comment from: diana [Member]


Chef’s chocolate salty balls. Well played, mate!

Yes, ’tis Turkey, and ’tis fabulous. You totally should come visit. I’m almost kinda sorta close to you now, yeah?

I have no clue why they eschew clocks in this hotel. To make you more dependent upon them, perhaps?

No clue.

On Bangalore: I don’t have a problem with the hole in the floor (squatting IS healthier than using the Western style toilet), but a bucket and a tap for a shower? That would be an experience. It still sounds better than the “navy showers” I took in Honduras. To wit: Fill a big tank above the “shower” with water from buckets. Let it warm in the sun (doesn’t take long in Honduras), git nekkid, step in the shower under the hose (this IS your shower), and get wet. Turn off water. Lather. Wash hair. Turn water back on and rinse. Get out.

I took a morning shower ONCE. It was a mistake I never repeated.


03/15/11 @ 13:53
Comment from: Aunt Bann [Visitor]
Aunt Bann

Hmmm. Sounds close to bathing in water pumped out of the ground or carried in buckets from the spring, heated on the wood heater or stove, and poured into a #2 washtub in the “living room” near the wood heater! I think I’d rather just stand under the shower to bathe! (Of course, that means I have to either stay home or not go to places that don’t have showers or bathtubs. But right now, I don’t even have to make the choice, since I don’t have the money to go elsewhere to bathe!)

Glad you still have your sense of humor, Diana! It helps, doesn’t it, when things get rough!?

03/15/11 @ 21:33
Comment from: Mila [Visitor]

I enjoyed this! My travel journals, when I keep them, look a lot like this, and I find myself thinking “Thank god (or whoever) nobody will read this… It appears so boring!” But it is the kind of thing I like to remember about trips, and I tend to forget: the details.

I’m particularly interested in the bidet part… We use them in Argentina, but I thought it was probably the only place in the world. I’ve abandoned it myself. I don’t want the specifics, but just the general impression :P

03/16/11 @ 14:32
Comment from: Farren [Visitor]

A bucket and a tap for a shower… and toilet paper (along with ones hand).

I’d love to come to Turkey but it wont happen soon :)

03/16/11 @ 15:16

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