Salzburg is famous for a lot of reasons ~
- birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- where The Sound of Music was filmed
- beautiful baroque architecture with some of the most famous churches in the world
- it sits at the northern boundary of the Alps and borders the Salzach River.
- it’s 45 minutes from our German home (okay, that’s not so famous) and I discovered the most delicious, thick, frothy hot chocolate IN THE WORLD. I’m pretty sure that’s not an exaggeration.
But the first time we visited I almost froze to death despite wearing thermal layers that had me walking like the Abominable Snowman. Impossible to take pictures with gloves on – temperatures below freezing – I gave up when my naked fingers stiffened into claws.
We braved the Salzburgian Arctic Tundra as long as humanly possible; but before heading home, Tad needed to use the restroom. As we’ve discovered in several European cities, public restrooms might require payment.
And, get this: some demand that you declare your business! Number 1 costs less than Number 2, which to me is just TOO MUCH INFORMATION but I suppose it’s based on water consumption and they’re just trying to be fair.
But I’d prefer anonymity and injustice and pay a little more to protect my privacy. My shy bladder looks bold compared to my reclusively private bowel!
Which is likely TMI for you.
Though I didn’t need to “go” I decided to blow my nose while Tad “went”; I wandered into the women’s side of the public WC to hunt for a roll of toilet paper. My frozen nose hairs were holding back a dam of snot, which sounds mildly offensive, but what IS the nice word for snot? Mucus? That doesn’t sound right, so please–I’m beggin’ for your suggestions.
But I digress.
I discovered coin slots mounted on all the stall doors, and since I had no euros to open the doors, I turned to paper towels hanging over the sinks. While I blew my frozen, raw nose with the equivalent of sandpaper, I noticed another wall of sinks and mirrors on the other side of a little hallway, vaguely hearing but dismissing a voice inside my head that said “The bathroom sure didn’t look *that* large from the outside….”
When I got to the end of the hallway, I noticed a small yellow basket with coins in it sitting in a chair to my right; in a nano second I tried to reason “Why does this side have the honor system…?” when a man’s voice thundered “WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN HERE?!”
Well, I might not have had to go but I about wet my britches and jumped backwards into the ladies room.
Had I just looked to my left, I would have seen a row of urinals and my husband turning and zipping up. Thankfully, only my husband.
Why there are doors for a men’s side and a women’s side is beyond me when it’s one big happy bathroom with a teensy hallway dividing the genders.
This isn’t quite what I had in mind when I declared 2012 The Year of Adventure.
~ smile ~