Do you realize that this area of the world was part of the Ottoman Empire for over 500 years? Of course there has to be some kind of lasting influence on the culture here. Turkish coffee is one of them and a most delicious one that I have come to appreciate a great deal. However, I can’t say the same for one other residual item that is quite prevalent: The Turkish Toilet! I must say it does have potential for some benefits. If you have to spend much time in there, you will develop strong leg muscles and improve your sense of balance as you hold onto your clothes and squat over the “bowl”. You also are not going to be able to use it as a reading room. Time spent taking care of your business will of necessity be limited and you will want to get out of there quickly. They do provide you with a plunger and brush to clean up the evidence of your deposits. Generally find that there is no paper made available so make sure you have a small package of Kleenex with you when you go in. Should make the lines waiting outside of the restroom go much faster! And just to make it interesting there is a song on You Tube, called “Poop in a hole (the unofficial Peace Corps Anthem)” Check it out, it is cute.