Readers, we’re inching ever closer to the most interesting of German bathrooms! We’re starting here with the Frankfurt Airport! The minute you walk through the door, you feel relaxed; European water closets are so much cleaner and more dignified than US bathrooms. Just having that floor to ceiling stall immediately shuts out the world and you feel like a person in a private facility rather than cattle being herded through stalls. Frankfurters had the same idea they had in Newark and used the sea green to calm jet lagged travelers (like me). I like the way each room has the formica covering the bottom half of the wall and the green on the top half. You world travelers out there will notice some of the details that make European bathrooms special, such as the water closet style rooms and the difference in the flushing interface. They use buttons in Germany, and sometimes will have a button with two parts like you see here, which allows you to either choose your flushing strength, or to toggle the flushing off; both systems are there to save on water use, it seems, and what a great idea! Another cool feature that I often noticed in German bathrooms is the toilet bowl brush – often there is one in every stall, encouraging, I think, a little personal responsibility!
It’s 8:20am when I arrive in Germany after an all night flight, but I feel refreshed now, and I’m ready to explore Frankfurt! (Although I do nap later in the day…how could you not!)