How much would you pay to pee ?

“Spend a penny” is a phrase that I recall, it cost a penny to pee.

Then there’s spend a penny, which comes from the earliest public toilets, which had locks on the doors which cost a penny to open. This practice appears to have begun in the 1850s, when the first public toilets were opened in London, however the phrase wasn’t recorded in literature until nearly a century later.

Seeing this telephone booth type toilet grabbed my attention & is worth sharing this lovely image – and whats better you only allowed 15 minutes. Not sure what 7/7 means?

Exploring a new city especially with the lens is really informative as you notice or look for things that are different, things that are visually appealing. Small things that are not a norm are the things that I try and explore.

Washing still perplexes me – I must say washing and drying is a very interesting subject when you see how they approach life in an innovative way and wash their clothes at a communal facility – this I have seen in Langa in Cape Town, just more primitive.

And the washing is hung up in the most privative way imaginable, but everything works, and its in one of the most scenic places in Porto where there are tourists and views to die for, and this where they choose to hang their underwear,

There seems to a surplus of water in Porto but In SA water is a precious commodity and not every-one has water at home, so things like washing need the women to travel and collect water in order to do their washing. A very labor intensive job indeed.

There is so much to learn so much to absorb, and thats the growth that one experiences when you stretch yourself and travel and reach beyond what is comfortable. We as a family are in that space, we are learning a new way of life each day and embracing the change as though we have lived here all our lives. I just wish I could speak Portuguese.

Last thought for the day – One thing that money cant buy is freedom and peace of mind – and thats a new feeling for Troy and girls, there is no sense of danger or crime and they roam the streets freely enjoying what this wonderful world has to offer them. We are parents feel relaxed about them being out alone, very liberating I have to say.

One techno app I could not live without is GOOGLE MAPS – what an amazing tool, it saves the day daily for us , an absolute must app for any traveller!!!

Writing doesn’t pay the bills so it’s time to work on the scripts I am breaking down in hope that we see the funds roll in to breath life into these special films that we have developed.


Published by brucemacdirector

Telling meaningful stories whether they shorts or features is what gets me out of bed every day. Passionate about those captured in slavery. Biographical films (The Perfect wave with Scott Eastwood) and (Biblical epic Samson with the late Rutger Hauer, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane and Taylor James) My recent short films Beat The Curve, Sex Tourism Labour have been awarded best shorts across the globe in 2020.

One thought on “How much would you pay to pee ?

  1. I bet you never in your wildest dreams could envisage what you are experiencing each day. What a privilege for the family to enjoy this new culture each day. The architecture is really stunning, and the walk you went on today showed so many different aspects of life in porto. Perhaps you should draw up a tourist attraction booklet with your wealth of photographs.


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