Unlike the toilets I covered in my post about Suzhou’s lack of sanitation, there were some relatively clean and well-maintained loos dotted around the city in the areas frequented by tourists. Many of them were staffed by what appeared to be a full-time cleaner. Here’s a sample of some of them.
10 Wusheng Road, Shanghai: the site of the largest public toilet facility in the city at 230 square metres, and one of the few standalone double-storey restrooms I’ve seen around the world.
The awesome Aboriginal art mural on the outer walls of the toilet block at the top of Castle Hill, in my hometown of Townsville
I loved seeing Porta-Party tonight as part of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche! There were 24 portaloos available for the thousands of festival-goers at Nathan Phillips Square, with effective use of lightning, smoke, music and greenery to “encourage social activity in a traditonally anti-social space.”
“Despite being entrenched in issues of sanitation rights, gender equality, the growing privatization of public space, and more, public bathrooms have remained a relatively taboo topic. Porta-Party invites users to consider these topics, while imagining unusual interventions to create more interesting public space.”
It definitely lived up to its name – cheers to the students of University of Waterloo who made the party possible 🚽🎉
The Reife Frauen look down on you at the Fox Hunt in Düsseldorf’s east
Self-described as a neighborhood bar with cheap food, cheap booze & even cheaper company, Ivy And Coney certainly didn’t disappoint on the restroom front, featuring words of wisdom such as:
“Roses really smell like boo booooooo“
“I’m so DC I should be the logo“
– “because no-one else will, because you suck“
“Hope falls in colors circling round the faint idea of a conscience and the ethereal“
“Few displays on the human spirt can challenge the raw creativity of a black pen & a white wall”
Correction below – “Human SPIRIT“
“Sometimes people get confused when a sentence doesn’t end the way that they penis“
The duck hunter: “Do you like duck meat?”
His wife: “Yes”
The duck hunter: “Duck on down and get you some!”
“What if P Diddy was actually called Pete Diddy and we just misheard him and now he just goes with it because it is too late to correct everyone, but at night he goes home and cries and whispers to himself, ‘My name is Pete’“
“Of all the gin joint in the world you took a shit in this one“
Faced with a choice, which urinal at the Charlottetown Waterfront would you go for?
Doesn’t this guy just look so happy & welcoming? On the Via Rail train from Montreal to Toronto
Here’s an underground baños in downtown Santiago, it cost 450 pesos to get in (about 90 cents) and it turned out to be the cleanest & best maintained underground facility I’ve seen! While I was down there I saw a super awkward Larry David moment where a guy in a wheelchair was impatiently waiting for an able-bodied man to finish in the handicapped washroom.