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Looks like a flower pot

English: Bidet

English: Bidet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

We had a 4-5 day orientation in Milan staying with families and that was the first time we had seen a  bidet and I didn’t know what it was.

I went in the bathroom and here’s a pot of green beans in water sitting in the bidet with water swirling around and I thought it was a vegetable cooler!


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Tampons and Tempo tissues

 

English: Tempo facial tissues Deutsch: Packung...

 

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You know, here you ask someone for a Kleenex, and Kleenex really is a brand name.  It’s a facial tissue, or whatever you want to call it.

Well, in Germany the brand name is Tempo.  So one time I was in the bathroom towards the beginning of my stay.  The bathrooms, by the way, were really interesting.  I mean, here they’re all clean and well kept; the bathrooms there were, like, crazy.  If you were going to bathroom on Monday or Tuesday you better bring your own toilet paper, ’cause by the end of the week there is definitely none left in the bathroom.

And there was graffiti everywhere.  The school itself wasn’t like that, but the bathrooms were. It was really weird.  I didn’t know until the end of the year that the upper classmen had their own bathroom.

So it was usual, when you went to the bathroom, that some people might ask you if you had any Kleenexes.  But the first time someone asked me, they’re like, hey, do you have a Tempo?  And I thought, of course, that she was talking about a tampon.  It was so embarrassing.

I thank God to this day that I didn’t have one, because can you imagine her face if I would have pulled out a tampon and she really was asking me for a Tempo tissue?

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Hey, Lady! You left your bag!

 

Ilulissat, Greenland

Ilulissat, Greenland, Image by kaet44 via Flickr

 

 “We stayed for a week in Denmark, and then went to Greenland.

When I first got to Denmark, I was in the airport and I went to the bathroom.  In the United States, there’s usually a box attached to the wall for women’s tampons.

In Denmark, they usually have a bag attached with a clip, and of course I didn’t know this.  This was the first time I was ever out of the country.  I walked in the bathroom and saw this clip with this bag on it and I assumed that it was a place to put the bag that you were carrying.

So this lady had just come out of the bathroom, and I walked in and saw the bag sitting there, so I took it off the hook, and ran out chasing this lady going “Your bag!!”  I stopped and I was like, uhhh, and it dawned on me what the bag was for.

In Denmark we got picked up by a chaperone and we almost missed the flight because the chaperone, who was going to be my AFS contact person and also my Norse teacher up at the school I was going to, bought us extra alcohol.  Once we were on the plane she bought champagne for us to drink!

If only my friends back home could see my teacher buying alcohol for us!  I was in a state of shock.”

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Calving Icegerg,Illulissat, Image by BortaBra.se via Flickr

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It’s not a footwash!

Bathrooms are cultural.  My first day in Argentina, I went to the bathroom – what is that?  A bidet.  I had no idea.  I decided it was a footwash.  I had never seen it before in my life.  Months later in the bathroom I saw someone using it and “oh, my gosh, it’s not a footwash!”

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Dutch bathrooms

 

I flooded the bathroom trying to figure out how the shower worked. 

I didn’t want to ask!  But the Dutch have the toilet room and a bathroom.  It was a rebuilt farmhouse.  There was something wrong with the drain, and you had to pick up the drain and I didn’t know that.

I was trying to get the water to come out of the shower, so I couldn’t figure that out either.  By the time I got out of the shower I realized there was no edge – little lip of the floor – it was a straight floor all the way across, and I got out and the rest of the bathroom was flooded.   I was so embarrassed!  I was mortified for a few minutes.

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