Happiness can be many things, but for an expat [Swede] is can be… finally finding a toilet brush! My mother, who was ready to buy toilet brushes in Sweden and bring to Puerto Rico on Sunday, can remove that item from the shopping list, which still contains Swedish interior design magazines, lösgodis (Swedish sweets), and Swedish cheese for O.
I might have mentioned before my frustration regarding toilet brushes, but it has really annoyed me that it is so impossible to find a toilet brush with a holder in Puerto Rico. And not to mention that it was equally difficult in Brussels, where Ikea was the only place I was sure to find them… Don’t people clean their toilets using brushes? and don’t they change them every now and then? I have found fancy brushes with a holder in metal but they cost $20 or more. I am aware that it might not be environmentally friendly to use “disposable” ones but I am prioritising hygiene here!
Our friend B told us that her mother brought 20 or so “dish brushes” when she came to visit her in Puerto Rico! Why is it impossible to find these two kinds of brushes abroad? Once again Ikea used to be my safe bet for dish brushes in Belgium! Use a sponge, you might say – No way! Like B said, the sponges get smelly and dirty very quickly (especially as people don’t seem to know how to squeeze them dry after using them), and are not as efficient as brushes…
Sorry about that little brush rant, but B and I can’t be the only expat Swedes with the same experience!? Oh, and where did we find the toilet brushes – in Home Depot! In K-mart they only had pink ones, which I would have bought if we hadn’t found more neutral ones in the other shop. I have to add that I have actually found individual toilet brushes in the supermarket once or twice but always without the holder (according to the new brushes it is called “a caddy”)… Where do people put the brush after it has been used? Lean it against the wall or put it on the floor??
Nevertheless, in K-mart we bought two Puerto Rican souvenirs – a little wooden tool to make “plantain nests*” (like we did during our Puerto Rican cooking session here) and dominoes with the Puerto Rican flag. Dominoes is a favourite game on the island, even if we personally have never played the game!
*) I can’t remember the Spanish name for the dish now, but it is delicious!