(most specifically at the coach
depot in Istanbul
, but in many public places), there is not only a payment system associated with draining your little man
, there's a little toll booth
at the shithouse
door. That's right--you have to give a moustachioed
Turkish fellow 500,000TL
(about 35 cents, USD
), give him a friendly but uncomfortable nod, and then push your way through a metal turnstile
in order to take a pee. It's kind of like hopping on a subway
, except everything smells like pee. Ha, ha.
There is no additional fee for defecation
as described above, but don't expect toilet paper. While it is common in homes and some businesses in metropolitan
Turkey, it is not a common feature of public restrooms
, even those you pay good money to use. On the bright side you usually have a fancy little bidet
there to get you all wet with water and feces. As per the usual, it consists of a little tube attatched to the inside of the toilet bowl, cut apparently with a pocket knife
, that squirts water when you turn a rusty knob located somewhere inside the stall (there is no standardization for this, and that is infuriating).
On the other hand, I can say without doubt that Turkish beer
is some of the best in the world. Coincidence, or conspiracy?