I knew I was in trouble when I found the TOLIET, just didn't realize how MUCH trouble!

So today I ventured out to try my hand at Dragon Boat Racing!  It is really just a huge canoe shaped like a dragon but quite a popular sport in China.

A friend and I left at 7:15 am in a taxi toward Puxi.  Upon arrival we got out and waited and watched for crazy people carrying paddles.  This indicated that we were in the right spot.  We went into Baker and Spice to wait since we were a bit early.  It wasn’t too long before some crazy looking people came in carrying paddles.  We were to meet a bus, which would then transport us to the Shanghai Water Sports Center in Qingpu.  Facilities here are world class they say. World Class Sports Center.  Sounds pretty impressive, right?

About 40 minutes later and a bus full of amateur paddlers, with the exception of a world champion kayaker from Canada, we got off the bus and headed toward the bathroom before we went to stretch and go to the water.

The first sign of something not being quite right was the sign, which read TOLIET, not toilet.  As I entered with caution I noticed there were stalls on both sides.  On the left side I noticed were only holes in the ground, but on the right I noticed were actual stools.  Considering myself an educated person, I went right.

Well, it only got worse after that!  Right wasn’t necessarily the RIGHT choice! Upon doing “my business” I noticed my leg was getting wet.  Surely I was not missing the stool!!!!!!  I started looking around and noticed some “liquid” was shooting out of the stool!  OOOHHHHHH GROSS!!!!  I let out a loud OMG and came barreling out of the stall.  It was so nasty!!!  I immediately put my leg and foot into the sink and started scrubbing!  I asked the girl who had been in there just before me, if something was spraying on her too and she said, “Yes, but you just have to get used to that sort of thing, you’re in China.”


After scrubbing my leg raw, I went outside and waited for my friend to come out of the bathroom.  I was kind and warned a fellow “newbie dragon boat racer” NOT to go to the stall on the far right or she would be in for quite a lovely surprise!

And the moral of the story: Go before you leave home!!!

About cessley

I am a bereaved parent. I write to give hope to other bereaved parents who are fresh in their grief. I want them to know life begins again. It (life) is forever changed, as are you, but one day, you will smile again. You may travel, you will make new friends, your heart will mend, though never heal and it will be a painful ride. It is one step at a time....sometimes, even one breath to the next is all we can seem to live through each day. But each day will be a new beginning, a different beginning, a different you. I have two surviving children: Amy, who is married to Brandon, and they have one daughter, Avery, and one son, Dylan. and Eric who is a doctor and is Clifton's twin brother. Clifton passed away when he was nearly two years old. As any bereaved parent knows, it is tough, REALLY tough trying to live after the death of a child. I lived in Shanghai, China for three years after the death of my son, and then lived in Beijing for two years. I am discovering life again, one step at a time. I returned to Oklahoma in February , 2020 due to the uncertainty of the virus. Little did I know the uncertainty would follow me across the ocean. This is nothing compared to the death of a child. I will survive! View all posts by cessley

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