LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||13/JUL/2009 3:58 PM|
|Assunto:||A note on modern life: roupas no varal|
I haven't lived in the States for four years. I understand, however, that the "ralo" idea is catching on. I have not seen it here in Costa rica.
I was surprised in Buenos Aires to find no shower stall ("box") at all. I stood under the shower, turned the water, etc. The water would go down a "ralo" more or less in the center of the room. I found it quite odd, but a friend in California said that she was beginning to see them in the States. One obvious disadvantage is that now there is water all over the floor.
My bathroom here in "Costa Pobre" (a local joke) is much like one you would find in the States. The big difference is that Costa Ricans haven't caught on to using "medicine cabinets". Fran knows what they are, but for others I will say that they are a small storage area with shelves behind the mirror in bathrooms. They are used to store medications, toothpaste, razors, etc. I don't recall seeing them in Brazil, but I am having more and more "brancos de terceira idade". As a result, storage in a bathroom here is a problem. As I recall, in Brazil I bought a table with several drawers, and I used it to store the above items. But that only worked in a large bathroom.
I hated bathroom floors in Brazil. They were so slippery! Taking a shower was like ice skating but without ince and without skates. I used to tie myself to the door in case I fell. I'm pretty sure the floor was secretly sprayed with WD-40 oil prior to each use. The faxineira? Could have been...
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