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Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Some Weird Things I Saw in Istanbul

I always find weird things wherever I go. Istanbul was no exception. For this week’s Wordless Wednesday installment, I figured I’d share a few things that struck me as most weird.


I’m not sure how it tastes, but this super ugly fish was for sale at a restaurant. The last thing that comes to my mind is wanting to eat it. More like pray I never meet it in open water and can outswim it or get ashore if I do!


When we toured Ephesus, our guide explained the bathrooms this way:

“There are bathrooms before you enter. If you have to go, I suggest you use them now. The tour will take approximately two hours. There are no facilities once we go inside. Well, there are ruins of ancient toilets, but trust me. Even if they were operational, I’m not sure any of us could care to use them.”

When we reached the “ancient toilets” part of the tour in the Roman Bath section of Ephesus’s ruins, my sense of comfort was tested at imagining sitting cheek-to-cheek (essentially) with others. But that’s what the aristocratic men would do. They’d go to the Roman Bath, hang out, and “socialize.”

In a tub full of water while you’re getting clean or relaxing I can understand, but while on the potty? Uh uh. No way. That’s private!

There were no dividers between the seats. What you see now is how they were back in the day.
Another interesting fact: the toilets were made of marble. Slaves would sit on them to warm them up for their masters to use.


I had heard about floor toilets from others who had traveled overseas. I had never seen one, but feared the day I might. Luckily, when I did, it was in a bathroom that also had potties I was accustomed to. But sick and twisted me had to get a picture of the floor toilet for posterity.

I'm sure if you grow up using them, it's a cinch. But I have enough problems balancing as it is. This doesn't look fun!
Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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9 thoughts on “Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Some Weird Things I Saw in Istanbul

  1. Awww, poor fishes. (Actually, I’ve seen uglier) There’s just something about staring at what is supposed to be food and seeing it staring back at me that makes me want to become a vegetarian. LOL Though usually not a long-lived feeling as I do enjoy a good BBQ. πŸ˜‰
    Sheesh, I have no issue squatting in the woods to pee when camping/hiking, but even at that I usually have to hang onto a tree to steady myself so I don’t wobble & pee all over my shoes! I can’t imagine having to use one of those floor toilets regularly, and I don’t want to imagine having to use it for “number two” or during “that time of the month”. Eeewww. I will appreciate the comfort and privacy of my own bathroom in my apartment much more today, thank you. πŸ™‚

  2. LMAO at the comments! I was SO thankful I did not have do to #2 and stumble upon a floor toilet. That seems like it would’ve been HEINOUS!!! Even my husband was happy about that.

    And I don’t usually mind fish faces. I grew up fishing and we regularly cooked them whole, head on. But the one fish face in that case really made me stop and say, “Huh? Now what on earth is it about that fish that would make anyone want to eat it?” LOL

    Thanks for all the comments!

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