Saturday, June 4, 2011

Girl Scouting: 101

From the ages of 8-14 I was a Girl Scout. Being a Girl Scout made me love the outdoors and encouraged me to try new things. Girl Scout camp, is where I learned to tie a square knot, build a fire and ride a horse. Heck, selling Girl Scout cookies even awakened my entrepreneurial spirit. However, now since I am living in the motherland, I know the most important skill I learned was how to squat.

My arch enemy- The squat toilet
The squat toilet, is a very common thing here in Africa and in European countries. Though we American have become used to the luxuries of regular bathrooms everywhere we go, much of the world has not. I must take the time to say though, many of these squat toilets are far cleaner than some of the toilets people encounter in establishments in the US,and  yes, they even smell better with the help of moth balls. I must also mention that they are not found everywhere, any establishment here that caters to tourists not only have bathrooms, but water to flush the toilets with as well, which is not always as common.

But when I encounter one, I must thank God for my time as a Girl Scout. If it had not been for the long hikes and camping settings provided by this organization, I would probably leave the bathroom with my shoe sopping wet....yes, it happens. Instead, I am able to gracefully sit on my laurels and handle my business and that is priceless for so many reasons.

And although the lack of toilet paper makes me consider the squat toilet my arch enemy, I must admit it has its advantages. I have yet to join a gym here, so it does ensure I get my daily exercise. After all, people do say its not about how streneous the exercise is, but the consistency of the activity, and at this rate, I will have the legs of Tina Turner in no time.

Until the next time. Smooches.

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  1. From a health perspective squatting is actually healthier than the sitting American style. In fact, they sell steps to elevate the legs to replicate the squatting position. You should have pretty good bowel health hanging out there.

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  3. You are good cause I don't have the strength in my legs to squat and I would have wet shoes. I would have fallen and been too embarrassed for anything else...

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