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:D I grew up using that thing. When I went studying abroad, I had problems with the toilet you guys called as the normal one (the sitting one). I literally wet my pants several times. Probably I should start a post about "How to sit on the normal toilet". Here are just some extra tips so you don't wet your pants on a squatting toilet. I will suggest you ...


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Here is a video that explains how people use this thing. Seriously, it's informative and visually presented and makes it much clearer.


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You won't win any fashion contests, but that's not what you're aiming for anyway. I can't tell you anything about East Asia, but I've travelled plenty around Europe (including Eastern Europe). Jeans might be more common, but there's absolutely nothing unusual or inappropriate about wearing sweatpants for a flight, regardless of your gender. It certainly won'...


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Ok, I'll take the risk in answering ;) Anyway, I'll take the notes from a Wiki How link, and add in bits from past experiences... Bring your own toilet paper. I used to think this was ridiculous. How could a public bathroom NOT have toilet paper? Then I went to Egypt where the majority of our group had Delhi Belly AND you had to pay for a couple of ...


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Nobody seemed to have given emphasis on what I consider the most important, the position of your arms when doing it: they must be extended away. No: Yes! I live in China and got used to them squat toilets, they are actually better for the transit, and learning this position is good for many other purposes, like waiting for the subway, watching the sun ...


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This is funny. When I first read the question, I thought it a humorous prank. But, half way through the page, I was sort of convinced that it may possibly not have been intended to be. I have used squat toilets for nearly all my life. At home, we have both the squat toilets and the sitting ones. I don't mind either, but I find the squat toilets to be more ...


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That used to be true, back in the 1980s, in the Soviet Bloc countries, because: blue jeans were the fashion trend then and there they were not available on the market, at all (not "sold out", not "in small quantities", not at all.) thus providing an opportunity for home-made imitations and for scarce (rare even) black-market goods Now, that's a textbook ...


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Let's take this one step at a time. First you must own jeans. Here's your problem - you'll want them to be worth a bit. You can buy jeans for anything from $5 to a few hundred dollars if you really want to in western clothing stores. Let's say an expensive pair - US$200, and I assure you I've never spent that much on a pair of jeans. Now let's assume you ...


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Most of the answers here cover most bases you need to know so I'll try to cover topics not mentioned yet. Do a short flush / send a bit of water down the pan before you begin. It'll help sending everything down later. Washing up after you're done: Sometimes, you find a soap bar left inside a toilet instead of liquid soap. I'd suggest you to use this for ...


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I haven't traveled to east Asia or East Europe before but that is a very long flight, I don't think jeans are comfortable at all for that many hours. I have though traveled to central Europe several times and have never worn anything other than sweatpants and nothing has happened, even though they usually don't trust travelers from my country easily. It ...


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I grew up with those as well and only positive that comes out from using those is that you get a good work out and avoid keeping reading material in your bathroom. I am not sure about other parts of Asia but in India they mostly have western toilets in metropolitan cities. I had a tough time adjusting back to the squatter when I went back after 10 years. ...


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It all depends on where you are from. Being from east Europe myself - we'd put our most official nice clothes for even going to the store literally 2 steps from the house. Having lived in the UK for 8 years now, I've realized how stupid this is, and more importantly, no one cares how you look, in a setting where that is not the most important thing. I'd ...


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I've read through all the answers and comments and, if I'm not mistaken, they seem to be always written by men. Using a squat toilet is surely much more complicated when wearing trousers, as most men do around the world, so I appreciate your points and debate. Squat toilets are not as much of a problem from a female point of view, if we think of women ...


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I traveled for Work a lot! I mean a lot. I used to wear Jeans and a Shirt. With the whole getup (belt, nice shoes, etc.). After 50+ trips, I couldn't do it anymore. Not only was I never on-site first day at the client. There was absolutely no reason to wear what I did. You have to take off the belt/watch for the TSA. Untie the nice shoes and whatever else ...


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Probably not. I saw blue jeans for sale in streetside markets in Niš, Serbia for €5. I'm now so far east in Eastern Europe that I'm technically in Asia and there doesn't seem to be any shortage of jeans. Then again my jeans are about the cheapest I could find in a Chinese import store in Greece, which are probably not what people would stop me in the ...


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First of all I think 5-6 weeks is a lot of time to see part of Eastern Europe. From Lyon you can reach a lot of places in Europe in one day. So if you have 5 weeks to travel you can easily see a lot of Eastern Europe if you're willing to spend some days traveling from one destination to another. The fastest connection between Lyon and Vienna by train takes ...


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It's not far at all. London to Istanbul (Turkey) takes 4 hours - if you've come from Australia, it'll feel like nothing ;) Check on kayak for lots of cheap EU flights. And also RyanAir and EasyJet for low cost flights - although always check what airport they use, as they quite often use unusual or out of town airports - their flight to Vienna lands in ...


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I'll add a short answer to address the central point in the question: "trousers seem to be blocking an important thoroughfare! How the hell is this supposed to work??!!" I traveled in Asia for a while and at first had the exact same problem. For the first few months there, I would actually completely take my trousers off before using a squat toilet. But ...


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(I see that this is an older question -- but since it has been recently edited, it is now at the top of the feed. Since I have some experience in trying to make these plans, I figured I'd add an answer in the hope that it would be helpful to others who come across this question in searches about car rental.) My experience is that the Hertz website gives ...


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Given the route over Eastern Europe you have a problem. First of all, there are relatively cheap car rentals which are local, meaning that you are not permitted to cross borders between countries. Europe is not a single country with states like the United States; it is more like traveling from the USA to Mexico each time. So the very tantalizing offers ...


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When I stayed in Tbilisi a few years ago I met quite a few people from African countries and Americans of African descent. In the circles I moved in they were all accepted 100% the same as the people of other skin colours in Georgia. Now my circle was the kind of people that owned and ran backpacker hostels and student bars, so might not be representative. ...


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People in India who use Squat toilets at home wear a specific attire called 'Lungi' for this job. This makes the whole process more comfortable. Public domain image of men wearing lungis in Kolkata (Calcutta) thanks to WikiMedia Commons. In most of the public toilets, you will find space above the door where you can hang your trousers. The real problem ...


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I will be travelling around many Western European countries which I expect to not have these sorts of experiences. Actually, some do.


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Yes, real Levi's still go for considerably more in foreign countries than in the US, in official shops. Like 501s are usually under $50 in the US, and over $100 in Australia. This is partly historic, partly due to currency fluctuations and the dollar being down at the moment, and partly due to VAT/GST. No, you will not easily find someone to buy your one ...


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I am Georgian and simply we love tourists, anyone outside our country who wants to visit anything related to Georgia we appreciate it alot. This country is very hiddend from the media and only shown wars back when there was Stalin and most people think its part of Russia. Hospitality is a massive thing in Georgia, if you were black ,green or any colour ...


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It used to be the thing to travel to New York for the weekend and come back with a suitcase full of Levi's (nonchalantly avoiding the red channel). Looking at Levi US and EU_GB sites, I see the prices for the classic 501 is from $44 or £70 ($112). However, mid-nineties saw the emergence of a large grey market. I guess you only pay the high prices to buy ...


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Europe has a very dense railway system. You can reach almost any destination in less than 24h. For getting info on train connections, check any railway site using HAFAS database, such as: Belgian railways German railwails Swiss railways I found connections from Lyon to Vienna in about 14h and Paris to Vienna in about 12h. Vienna-Prague takes only half a ...


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I have been on various long flights (EU<>Asia, EU<>US) and would recommend you to wear whatever fits you best. Sweatpants are incredibly comfortable, so go for it. What I recommend as well: Wear good shoes, no flipflops or sandals. In the unlikely event of an emergency this might save your life. Take shoes without laces. The same holds true for ...


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