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Public restrooms in Uganda might possibly be one of the biggest surprises ever for a woman. With each door you open it leaves you wondering what you will find on the other side. Will there be a toilet? A porcelain squatty potty? Just a hole? A drain? Or something completely different altogether?
It’s kind of like a walking into a surprise birthday party. You’re not quite sure what is going on, but when it’s all said and done, you realize you peed a little on yourself.
Ok, that’s might not be the greatest analogy. But I have yet to know a white woman who can maneuver in some of these bathrooms without getting their feet a little bit wet.
Aren’t you so glad you started reading this post? Admit it though, you’re a little bit interested to see where this is going.
So this is a common bathroom in most villages in Uganda. While at youth camp in Bugongi, this is what we used. As far as I can tell, the raised up part is where you are supposed to place your feet when you squat.
The problem here is that I feel I need a little more width to my squat than what is given, which causes a some balance issues, which doesn’t help the wet feet problem.
Seriously, reading this post is kind of like watching one of those shows on TLC about little people or men with too many wives or Amish kids gone wild. You want to stop but just can’t seem to pry yourself away. But I’m glad you’re still with me because I have a question:
Any ladies out there want to take a swing at how you maneuver in this bathroom?
This is seriously a public restroom, very common to most gas stations in Uganda, and I am here to tell you that for a woman, it is most assuredly as complicated to use as it looks!
And this ladies and gentlemen, is why I fear no public restroom in the US anymore!