Monday, April 27, 2009


I grew up with plumbing, so I took toilets for granted until I hiked the Appalachian Trail.

Here in Zambia, porcelain furniture is rare. Tissue is even more unusual. Therefore, I wasn't all that surprised yesterday by the uproar among the teacher training participants. Apparently some of them have had trouble operating the commodes and have been using plastic sacks instead of tissue. There has been a lot of discussion about educating people not to stand on the rim of the toilet. I get the impression that there's a bit of class-warring going on among people who have used toilets extensively and village folks who saw their first one this week.

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