My first Oh Hey, Friday! in Greece. This is a link-up from September Farm and 5 on Friday from A. Liz Adventures, and I figured a listicle was a great way to address some of the differences I’ve noticed about daily life since moving to Greece. I’ll probably do this again on another Friday, because Lord knows there are more than five differences.
5 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GREEK AND US CULTURE
1| Where the Toilet Paper Goes
As a U.S. citizen, I was raised with relatively recent plumbing and could therefore flush toilet paper without a second thought. Not so in Greece, whose sewer pipes are 2 inches in diameter (as opposed to 4 inches in the U.S) and were created centuries before the invention of toilet paper. So in Greece, every toilet has a little wastebin next to it. You wipe, then throw it away.
Some people on trips to Greece (or Turkey, or Mongolia, or anywhere with a culture older than ours) freak out about this. It doesn’t really bother me, since traveling inspires in me an “oh well” attitude toward unusual bathroom habits (see my story about going to the bathroom in Mongolia: Tricia Accepts the Inevitability of Peeing in Public). After all, the wastebins have lids, so you’re not looking at used toilet paper while you brush your teeth. And I have a room to myself, so it’s only my own filth, and I can throw out the bag any time I want.
For me, the problem is in remembering to toss the TP in the wastebin. But it’s been five days now, and I’m nearly at a 100% success rate. Continue reading