Cultural adjustment realities: What to do with toilet paper?

One reality of life in Mexico is that waste water pipes are smaller than those used in the U.S. That means that Mexican plumbing systems are more susceptible to blockages than are U.S. systems. Therefore, most people in Mexico toss toilet paper in a trash can rather than flushing it.

After one SNU-sponsored short-term mission trip called Commission Unto Mexico for which I was the leader, a young female participant sent this note to me:

Toilet tissue culture shock

     -- Howard Culbertson

Other cultural adjustment resources

Note: The oft-used phrase culture shock can give the impression that it is a momentary thing that hits you and this is gone. Cultural adjustment may be a better description of what is usually a lengthy process of emotional highs and lows.

     -- Howard Culbertson


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