Hello from India!
I have now been in India for one full week! Ten more weeks to go. The people here are unbelievably friendly – in Delhi, on the train, and here at the Educate Girls office in Rajasthan. Unfortunately, though, through all of this, I’ve felt a strong sense of impending doom where bathrooms are concerned. Let me explain my reasoning here (I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this). First, Indian toilets are terrifyingly novel to me (where does everything go? and toilet paper, where art thou?). And second, I really hope that my bowels don’t violently compel me to have to use the bathroom. In India, I thought, bathrooms are never good news. Upon my arrival at the Educate Girls guesthouse, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a toilet seat situated over one of the Indian style toilets. There would be no squatting for me, and consequently, no need to fear slipping and the resulting messy disaster. Within 24 hours though, after some google searches about Indian toilets and their supposed health benefits (prevents colon cancer! more natural!), I decided to give the traditional toilet a go. Amazingly, as I entered the bathroom, all fear and trepidation melted away as instinct took over. So that worked well, but I was still left grappling with the question of what to do afterwards. I cannot bring myself to be comfortable with wiping with the left hand and eating with the right. That’s going to take more than a week because I have to do some more thinking, planning, and googling to be ready for that next step, if it ever happens. So far, so good. Tips, advice, and relevant literature much appreciated. Until next time!