If you’ve been to Greece you may know about the practice of throwing toilet paper in the bin rather than flushing it away. It’s something that I’ve never come across anywhere else in Europe but wherever you go in Greece you’ll see signs in the bathroom warning you, just in case you’re one of those ignorant people who’s never heard of this unusual practice.
Apparently the plumbing in Greece just isn’t up to it and if I was a restaurant owner that was going to deal with a blockage I guess I’d be putting signs up just to make this clear.
I do sometimes wonder whether the Greeks couldn’t just start using more accommodating pipes like the rest of Europe but perhaps their sewage processing works just wouldn’t take it either. But then it can’t be great to be putting all this paper in the landfill instead. It’s one of those mysteries that get’s more confusing the more you think about it. Best not to give it too much thought as you knock back the ouzo.
All I can say is that it’s sometimes a relief to get home and know that you can flush without fear of the consequences. If you’ve been to Greece I hope I didn’t spoil your moussaka and chips!
Perhaps you have a few bathroom stories from your travels you’d like to share. But then again…..
Photo credit: Photos are mine but I should credit Rob and Ritsa Wallace who run Freddie’s Beach Bar at Tsilivi, Zante where I saw them.
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