A handy guide to the world's toilets
I recently spent a few months traveling around South America and soon stumbled into a minefield. A metaphorical minefield of social embarrassment and practical problems that the guide books did little to alleviate. The problem? What to do with the toilet paper after it had been "used".
I have to admit that I'd imagined that in most countries in the world, putting toilet paper down the toilet was the accepted method of disposal, but if you're a Western European or similar type of person and you decide to do a bit of traveling, where you put the paper can suddenly turn into a bit of a problem â€“ at least until you get the hang of the country and their rules.
Now, fair enough, there are plenty of guide books and you'll probably have one, and some books for some countries were quite specific, but many aren't, some don't mention it at all and there were some glaring omissions when you could really do with knowing; this is the product of a spare few weeks when I got back.
So, if you're a traveling sort and don't have access to, or are a bit shy to ask, a local, the bits of information collected here will hopefully help you out in those occasional sticky situations...
By Matt Kinson (UK).