One of things I was most excited about when I moved into my current house in Uganda is that it has a flushing toilet. I know this sounds like a pretty basic requirement, but I have previously lived in a mud hut with a long drop toilet situated (thankfully) a short distance away. Believe me that when you are feeling ill a long drop does absolute nothing to make you feel any better, especially when you have malaria and your insides are churning away. Of course there are benefits, if you live somewhere that doesn’t have running water a flush toilet is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. Even living in the town like we do, cut offs in water are pretty frequent and there are some days when you think that a back up long drop might not be quite such a bad idea after all.
There’s also the fact that our toilet is outside. It’s not situated at the bottom of the garden, before you start imagining a British house circa 1940, but it does require leaving the warmth of inside and padding across the veranda. Thankfully the veranda is covered so even during storms you only get a little bit wet, but your feet do feel jolly chilly when you jump back into bed again at night.
|Picture courtesy of Crystal Luxmore|
Yeah, an indoor flushing toilet is a luxury, but my outdoor one is an experience.