Yet another experience with "public restrooms" that I just have to share with all of you, and the whole thing made me decide it's time to post my collection of restroom pictures!
We were at the women's day celebrations today up in Bongo Square. As the lady in charge was announcing "what today's schedule will look like" she inserted a little plug for the newest development in Bongo Square. Buea is proud to present a new public restroom!! As she announced the new addition she proudly stated that, "we are growing! Now you will not need to wonder, 'where will I ease myself?'"
Later on in the day I needed to blow my nose because this cold is still hanging around, Mary suggested I check out the new public restrooms. I was sure there would be no toilet paper there but I decided to check it out anyway. When I reached the restrooms I was ushered in and found what I was expecting, no toilet paper, I didn't need to use the restroom, only wanted to blow my nose and there was no toilet paper; but the lady who had ushered me in was standing right outside. I felt weird to just go in and right back out, so I just stood there long enough to have used the toilet so that it would seem less awkward. I tried the sink on my way out just because, but of course there was no water. As soon as I left the restroom the usher silently but purposefully pointed at the sign I had completely missed on the way in. It was an itemized list of which facility you used inside the facility and the charge for each! I was dumbfounded! I hadn't actually used any of the facilities!! I only was looking for toilet paper! but how was I going to explain that one, especially after standing in there long enough to make it look like I had... so I gave her a bill and as she was looking for my change I noticed wads of toilet paper laying on her table... I had to pay for a facility I didn't even use and had been jipped of my toilet paper! In theory, toilet paper does you no good after you've already been in the bathroom, but as she handed me my changed I seized a wad and left. Public restrooms, always an adventure, although I didn't get a shot of the tolled bathroom, here's a collection of a few shots I've gotten over the last few months, there's so many more I don't have proof of though.
This lovely model is a Mount Cameroon Hut 1 style.
This is a fancy upgrade from the traditional hole. Same concept as the Mount Cameroon hut style, only a more modern approach if you will.
a rather educational sign found in a bathroom in the nation's capital (Yaounde), do not stand and squat on the seat, simply sit.
Don't worry, it's just wear and tear on the seat... and lid, nothing else.
This style is one of my favorites, helps you know where to position your feet!
This restroom was erected with the help of one of our own, Spencer Way helped our friend Hache build this onto his family's home in Koza.
A funny little additional story... We've noticed that most anywhere along the road seems to be fare game for "public restrooms" around here but have also noticed that it seems to only be the men's restrooms, seldom if ever do you notice the ladies. Well, the other day we witnessed two "women's restrooms" along the road right in a row as we were driving by. Just like you might see a man standing outside the little girls' room in a mall or restaurant, waitin' on a woman, there was a guy standing right behind her, just waiting to continue on their way. I'm not totally apposed to the style, only I feel it's an "out in the field with NOBODY around" type of style... I know this post might seem like something kinda bold and should be a more private topic, but there's nothing private about easing yourself around here.