Anyway, somehow we got to discussing the Greek plumbing system. This is BY FAR the strangest thing we've encountered over here: In Greece, you are not supposed to flush your toilet paper down the actual toilet. Instead, there is a special little waste basket next to every toilet.
We got to talking about this somehow, and both the Lillies and Fr. Seraphim told us that you COULD flush toilet paper. The Lillies have been doing it for 30-some years without incident, apparently. If you ask any Greek, however, they will tell you that doing so will clog up the sewer lines and then someone will have to go fix it. So this toilet paper thing is apparently some sort of cultural remnant from the past.
We were sort of wondering about the whole thing because if you walk into any American-type business establishment, such as Starbucks, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, etc -- they do not have the special little waste baskets and you can flush as much toilet paper as you want. But if you go NEXT DOOR to a Greek shop, there's a special little can.
Well, we are forever indebted to Fr. Seraphim for freeing us from these chains. We came home last night after dinner and immediately got rid of those cans! I told Philip about this today (he's lived here 4 years), and he was shocked. Now he's free, too. Maybe we'll start some sort of toilet paper revolution here.