Carnival: if you go, don’t plan to go
Not to seem indelicate, but I guess it’s human nature to worry about having ample places to go to the bathroom. I suspect that if somebody came back to life after having seen the afterlife, our first question would be, “Are there enough toilets over there?”
Indeed, travel surveys have found that among Americans planning to go abroad, their number one and number two concerns are, well, number one and number two.
This topic is very timely if you’re going to Brazil’s famous carnival. A Reuters story from Rio refers to “the pungent perfume conjured up by thousands of beer-soaked revelers relieving themselves on the nearest wall or in gutters…”
The story warns that officials are trying to stem the yellow tide. Eager to clean up their act ahead of the city’s 2014 soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Rio is slapping violators with fines and even jail time of up to two years.
I have mixed feelings. It seems like if carnival goers know public toilets are in very short supply, maybe they should have only one beer, instead of 36.
Or, they may wish to stay in their hotel room, drink all they want, and watch the fun from the bathroom window.
But I can also do simple math, and I know that even if you get busted this week, and you get the two-year jail sentence, you’ll STILL be out long before Rio’s World Cup and Olympics, which means go ahead, knock yourself out!
A reveler parades for Tom Maior samba school during carnival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
A man dressed as a woman urinates on a street during the Carnival in Cadiz, Spain, in a 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo