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You Can’t Do Swirlies in South Africa

7 April 2010

Photo belongs to doug88888 on flickr

One of the things that I had been encouraged to notice when I arrived in South Africa was which direction the toilets spin. I had been told that in the southern hemisphere, they went opposite of the northern hemisphere toilets. So as soon as the plane landed, first chance I got, I went into the bathroom at the airport and flushed a toilet. I was very disappointed when the water went straight down – without spinning. I couldn’t believe it!

Soon I discovered that all South African toilets flush straight down.

By the time I did come across a spinning toilet (well into my mission), I’d forgotten which direction they had spun at home.

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