Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Pet Peeve

Well, it’s not so much a pet peeve as a personal preference. When I arrived in Doha, I found “sets” in all my bathrooms.


They weren’t garish, as you can see, they were just there, thick and fluffy, a toilet seat cover, a toilet mat, a bidet mat and a bathmat. None of them had rubber backings, which I consider a basic for a bathmat, which I DO like.

The others, I just consider dust catchers, and worse – unsanitary. Germ catchers. I took them all off, even though they were all brand new, I like the cleaner to be able to really clean all the bathrooms.

When I went to put them in the cupboard, the cupboard almost exploded with totally new “sets” all of which had been taken off by former corporate occupants. It is a total hoot.

I have asked AdventureMan to ask what is needed to get rid of these – if the sponsor wants them back (eeeewwwwwwww!) or if I can put them out for the trash guys who can sell them to someone who will sell them in the weekend market?

We also have a cupboard full of used DVD and Video players; I think previous occupants have been afraid to get rid of them. Another cupboard with four broken coffee makers, LLLOOOLLL.

June 4, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Customer Service, Doha, ExPat Life, Hygiene, Moving


  1. I remember my Dutch exchange student telling me, after a year with us, she thought the strangest American custom was carpeting on the toilet covers. I haven’t had one since. Glad you’re getting settled. See you soon?

    Comment by momcat | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. I’m into pet peeves and pet hates too – big time! If you’re interested, you might check out my cartoon blog at
    Cheers, Sheila

    Comment by cartoonsbysheila | October 3, 2010 | Reply

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