Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bathroom Blues

Cultural Anecdotes, Part III
In our ongoing series on cultural faux pas, a young American girl was visiting her German guy-friend's family. Before sitting down to dinner, she asked where the bathroom was. Following their directions, she indeed found herself in the bathroom -- but there was no toilet.
Too embarrassed to go out and ask where the toilet was, she -- you guessed it -- decided to just use the sink. No one would have ever known if the sink had not broken loose from the wall under her weight. Embarrassed now?

1 comment:

Belinda said...

One of my earliest experiences with the vast variety of flushing mechanisms in Dutch (and European) toilets found me stuck in that small room for close to 1/2 hour trying to figure out how to flush the evidence. I finally yelled through the w.c. door and asked "how do I flush?" To my surprise, I was supposed to grasp the pipe leading to the tank above and pull it downwards. To my relief, it worked!