Agreed. This is an odd subject for an article – indelicate, even. But if you have traveled very far outside your immediate circle of comfort, you will also agree there are things you need to know as you leave home.
For the most part, you can travel across the entire United States and find the same stores, familiar names, consistent quality. With a few inconsequential variations, you can go into any mall, be it Santa Rosa, California or Baltimore, Maryland and find your favorite clothing store, that good-smelling candle shop, and the place with all the sports stuff. Not so in Europe. That holds true for its restroom facilities, as well.
However, before you can use one, you must first locate one. In Europe, this can be tricky. Sometimes you will get lucky and spot a clearly marked sign: "Toilette" or similar word, depending on what country you're in. But … Read More