Lately, I have been thinking, “did Caribbean parents go overboard when it came to instilling cleanliness in us?” From a tender age we learnt that cleanliness is next to Godliness, learning how to cook and clean. With that said I think the housemates I have had thus far are Satan’s best buddies they are far from God. I don’t like to generalize therefore this is based on the housemates I have had thus far and doesn’t apply to everyone from these nationalities.
The housemates I have had so far are Colombians, Spaniards and Turks (Turkish people). Here are a list of things they have done that irks the hell out of me:
- Storing Garbage in the Apartment Taking out the garbage is literally the easiest thing to do, as it relates to house chores. But for all the aforementioned nationalities it was a task. They would be heading out and walk pass the garbage, as if there was nothing even there, when they were responsible for taking it out. Storing garbage in an apartment is no, no. It is unsanitary FULLSTOP, at least everyone should know that. Guess I assumed wrong. 3 bags,4 bags of garbage at the entrance was my welcoming presents at my new flat and they smelled. I was surprised that humans actually lived there, then I thought maybe someone else is responsible for taking it out- maybe the cleaning persons, after two weeks I met the cleaning lady and as you figured by now it wasn’t her duty. During that two weeks, every time the bin was full I took out the garbage when I was leaving but apparently I was the only one. Needless to say I reported the incident to the property manager. Someone was upset and then signage went up about the garbage. I created a schedule so everyone could see when it was their turn to take out the garbage. It worked for a couple of weeks. I went on vacation and came back to a pile of garbage to greet me upon entering. I immediately reported it and in a couple of minutes I heard someone complaining and then the garbage was taken out. I end up calling them ‘cochinos’ because the bin was full and no one wanted to take it out. It wasn’t my turn to take it out and after seeing the accumulation and smelling the staunch. I had to take it out and disinfect the bin. A picture is worth a thousand words, here you go.
- Dirty Kitchen and Plates in the Sink In my mind I keep on saying that it must be a cultural difference that accounts for these nuisances. Like you use the kitchen, you prepare a meal, you make a mess and leave it there. Who are leaving it for? And why? And to top it off you leave the plates and everything you used in the sinks for hours after you finished cooking. I consider that to selfish and inconsiderate. What if someone else wants to use the kitchen afterwards they have to wait until you decide to clean it and wash up after yourself or clean it if they can’t wait. I must say leaving the stove dirty and things in the sink I have encountered more with the Spaniards and Turks that I have lived with. After I spoke with the guilty Turk things kinda improved but this Spaniard nothing seems to work, but put the stuff they used and left in the sink at their doors. Yes I know it a bit much but at times is most effective. As for the stove I give up. I clean it before and after I used it, hopefully one day the nasty bastards will catch on even though I doubt it.
- The Bathroom should be a Safe Haven The bathroom is place where the bacteria, germs, virus etc are transferred easily being naked and processes we carry out there. Therefore it should be one of the places that is kept clean at all times. Not a backside. For my own sanity and hygiene I bought a Clorox Cleaner and I would spray that everywhere in the bathroom before using it. I won’t go into too much details just say some people don’t know why a toilet scrub was made for. Neither do they know what a mop is for. I cringe using the bathroom after these people, the floor is always wet like they literally showered there. And naturally they leave it, as if mopping up is not a nothing. After having a hot shower for Christ sake open the window or the door no one, I repeat no one want to enter a wet, musky and musty bathroom. Sigh….
- Sex without Discretion I found out that Spaniards live with their parents until they are able to find a place for themselves so you will find 30 and 40 years old at home with visiting girlfriend. Apartments here are expensive and people don’t normally rent to couples or people don’t like to live with couples. I can see why, their sexual habits would make anyone else feel uncomfortable. I thing there’s a code like if you going to have your girlfriend over to have sex, you would advise your housemate so they can give you some privacy but nah they don’t care. With these thin walls you can hear every dog and them granny making out and having sex. Their intimacy is shared with everyone present in the apartment when they decide to do so, without your consent. I understand that we are all adults but there is something wrong about being forced to listen your housemate having sex and it doesn’t bother them. Earphones help somewhat and if you can leave if it not late at night. The tendency of ever having their boyfriend/girlfriend over annoys me. Always in the living room etc taking over and you don’t live here, but the look on my face always send them scattering 😂😂. At times I can’t control my facial expression as it expresses my thoughts even when I don’t want to show/say what I am thinking…
I must say my level of tolerance has increased significantly living in Spain based on the housemates I have met thus far. When this becomes intolerable I move. I have moved 3 times since I have been here. Yet to find the ideal flatmates, who are clean, friendly, respectful and considerate. Am I asking for too much? Love to hear some of your experiences with flatmates.