When Culture Intersects with Reality

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When you marry someone from another culture you expect there to be bumps along the way.  There will be language barriers and challenges with finding employment.  You might have different ideas about how to raise children or what to eat for dinner. I never expected there to be issues in the bathroom.  Never.  I promise I’m not going to go TMI on you here but I think this is such an important topic.  I’ve even devoted a whole section in my upcoming book just the bathroom. (Want to be the first to know about the book launch? Sign up for my newsletter now!)

I should have known the first time I stared down a Turkish toilet.  Oh you say you don’t know what that is….let me show you.

What do you do with that?

More importantly what girl is going to ask their boyfriend how to use it?  I didn’t.  I couldn’t.  I wouldn’t!  It was a really long week let’s just say that.

I thought once MarocBaba came to the US we would have no  more issues, well because we were on my home turf with “real” toilets.  Then he started asking for a bidet.  A bi-what?  Those French drinking fountain things in the bathroom?  I never could figure them out.  No way. Not in my house.  Disgusting.

He kept at it and this year I finally caved in.  We got a bidet that attaches to the back of the toilet.

You know what guys.

I love it.

I do!

I love that thing!

Oh the shame!

When we went on our cruise last month I was really wondering how we’d deal with toilet issues when there’s no bidet. What to do? Two words.

Portable Bidet.

Hygienna Solo (teal)

Just hear me out on this one.  This is so darn clever.  You just put the rubber end of this on a water bottle.  Any plastic water bottle, filled with water works.

Hygienna Solo (teal)

That’s it.  You can take it anywhere, put it in your pocket and never be without a bidet again!

So why am I telling you this?  Two reasons.  First it’s so much cleaner to use a bidet.  Secondly, if you’ve married an Arab man, don’t underestimate the importance of the bidet.  It’s really important in issues of cleanliness.  Toilet paper just won’t cut it.  If you’re not ready to invest in a bidet then seriously consider getting one or a few of these to have on hand.  They are really affordable and I swear you’ll be a bidet convert.

Have you faced any other cultural issues that you changed your opinion about over time? 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and I am being compensated.  However, as always, my opinion is my own and I truly do love this product!
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Amanda MouttakiWhen Culture Intersects with Reality

Comments

  1. rahath

    i have bee following your blog for quite a while now, and i really love the way you write. Your blogs inspired me so much that i and my family are travelling to morocco on vacation for a week. I am just so excited to see morocco and to also co relate to what i have read in your blog. I will surely share my experience after I am back

  2. Laura

    I give you serious kudos for this post! When I went to Thailand, I felt the same way as you when you were in Morocco. But when I was in Morocco, well, you get that sick you learn pretty fast to deal with anything lol. Can I just say also that I used a homemade version of your portable bidet for YEARS after having a c-section. I think I should get a bidet. They’re quite brilliant really. You have inspired me to look into it. Was it expensive?

    PS what book!?!?!? Excitement!!!!

  3. Sharifah

    Lol, Amanda! Yes, the sprayer bidet is one of the greatest invention to mankind! I made the hubby install them in both our bathrooms when we bought our house. So glad we don’t have to use the watering can anymore :-p

    And girlfriend, let me just tell you how much I LOVE my Hygienna Portable Bidet. I won five of them last summer during a Ramadan contest. These are useful, easy to carry/conceal, and inexpensive. I was happy to give them as gifts and I kept the pink one for me :-)

  4. Tom Parsons

    I have never used a portable bidet before but I will try it out now mainly because of the frequent visits I make to my cottage. I waste far too much toilet paper when I am there and I do not get the satisfaction of feeling clean.

    Water is the only way and with a portable bidet I suspect I will be able to stay clean and conserve water.

    Interesting article.

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