I know this is a weird posting; but since I first arrived in Hungary I have noticed some unique flushing mechanisms. One of our senior missionary friends had some reservations about the cute children pictures at the beginning and end of the post, so I delayed posting it until we were home.
Right before we left our home, the flushing mechanism of the toilet off our kitchen failed! This happens to be a “Gucci” toilet (came with the house) and the ordinary Lowe’s or Home Depot equipment would not fix it. A local plumber recommended just replacing the whole toilet, which seemed ridiculous to us; so we eventually found someone in Florida (thanks to the Internet) who might have the part! Of course, we had to take pictures of the insides of the toilet tank – several times, email them to him, also pictures of the toilet tank lid, which had the toilet model number …. You get the picture. Eventually, and for a price, we got the parts and replaced the parts. (It would have been cheaper to just replace the toilet!!!) Our toilets have a push mechanism but it is on the side where American toilets usually have a handle. Sort of ackward to use! So maybe this is why I am fascinated with the new-to-us mechanisms here. I like them better than what we have back home!
So this is the kind that we had at the hotel we stayed at when we first arrived. It is built into the wall, so I am assuming there is a tank behind the wall? You could push either the little circle or the bigger circle… there are many variations on this theme.
This old fashioned tank was VERY high up on the wall behind the toilet and I could not find it at first. Who, in this age, would think to look up 6 feet to find a tank that high? In this bathroom, the tub, the toilet, the bidet and the tank were all this wonderful turquoise color – height of style in the 70s??
Here is another one high up on the wall. This one was in a restaurant. You can tell how far up it is – I am 5’4″ and I had to really look up to get this picture!
Here is a unique style… you turn the knob/dial/faucett until the water flushes things away and then you have to turn it off?! Prefer the push buttons..
And the other thing that I loved was the teeny tiny sinks in many of these small bathrooms. Here is one – at a ward building. I put my phone on it to show the size.
A smaller than this sink was put into a shower room that was added to our apartment while we were there. If I can find my picture, I will add it later!
And that is the end of my posting… the little kids were on bathroom doors at a restaurant.