PARIS – This is a sanisette, found on most major streets. Drop 40 cent euro in the slot and the door slides open. Once you’re inside, a sensor closes and locks the door.
After you finish your business and leave, the door shuts and a high-pressure disinfectant spray automatically cleans the toilet!
Apparently, the city of Paris has started to convert the pay toilets to free earlier this year. Bonus!
GAOCHANG, CHINA – This is as close as I could get to these bathrooms without gagging. Thus, no close-ups. They LOOK upscale for the middle of the Gobi desert but really they’re just glorified holes in the ground.
Still, it beats peeing on ancient ruins.
As always, I followed the rules of the squat toilet: bring your own Kleenex, roll up the pant legs to above the knees, take a deep breath and hold as long as possible while doing the bizness. Retreat outside and rub hands with sanitizer.
CHICAGO – This is my latest happy find. The toilets at the O’Hare airport have automatic changing seat covers.
Wave your hand over the sensor on the wall, and a new plastic seat cover slides neatly into place. Very sanitary. I like it.