I found the ladies restroom, locked the door, waved at the light so it remained on after I sat down, and proceeded... as you do.
On a side note: When I say waved at the light - the lights in Portuguese restrooms work on motion detectors so only remain on only when you move and are over a certain height. Which is fine for men, but not if you are hovering over the loo in the stance position with your handbag gripped between your teeth.
Yep, you can tell a man came up with, or set the height of the motion detector. I've lost count of the times I've been left in the pitch black to finish up.
Hands duly washed and air-dried I turned the lock on the door. Nothing. I tried it again. Nothing. Again, and again and again.... nothing!
As my breathing quickened I was screaming inside: Don't panic.
Tryin' to stay calm and assess the situation I noted: there was no natural light, so no escape through a window. The door was a solid heavy wooden sliding door... at that point the electric bulb flickered and the light dimmed. Whoa...
I started to go into meltdown and a full blown panic attack. I screamed Ajuda-me, Ajuda-me. Which I prayed meant help me. I banged on the door time and time again. Nothing... I screamed and shouted and continued to bang on the door. Nothing.
I then noticed I was in a disabled restroom and there was a help alarm to call for assistance. I hit the button and set off a siren.
Then i heard voices outside and a Portuguese man asking me if I was okay. Trust me, even though I was hysterical I didn't swear. Did I mention I suffer with claustrophobia?
Anyway, to cut to the chase they finally released me just as an angry Mr. Pip came into view.
"Where the hell of you been? he huffed. "I've been sitting in the car waiting for you!"
He then saw my tear-stained face and the crowd of people who were fussing round me. One look from me through slitty-eyes and gritted teeth quelled any further moans in their tracks and he shrugged his shoulders and walked off.
My husband thinks i am fated when it comes to toilets and I was a toilet inspector in a previous life