The Grease of the Balkans

We’ve been staying at a lot of private apartments during the trip and because of that, we’ve been using a lot of random dishes. This is fine, but it quickly becomes obvious that the family you are renting from picked up some pots and pans at the bazaar or they tossed an old set in the apartment that they weren’t using anymore. I don’t really have any problem with this, except that it seems damned near impossible to truly get pots and dishes clean and free of grease.
For the longest time, I thought it was because of my bad washing techniques, until it was pointed out to me that it’s the liquid soap that is to blame and I saw the light. Most of this stuff is really bad. It’s like what happens if you were to use 2/3 of a bottle of soap in the US and then fill up the empty portion with water. So, it’s no wonder that cleaning is a chore.
In places where there is a higher standard of cleaning, they will have this stuff called Fairy. It’s not really all that magical, but it does do a much better job than some of the alternatives. But now I’ve been turned on to the best one, which is Pur. I don’t know where you can get it, since I haven’t seen it in the stores I’ve been to, but it does go a long way towards making sure you don’t have a film of grease floating on the top of whatever you’re eating or drinking. I mean, ultimately, this isn’t going to kill you, it’s just that I don’t really enjoy it all that much.
So remember, when in the Balkans: Pur–very good, Fairy–okay, anything else, pointless.
The Grease of the Balkans

2 Replies to “The Grease of the Balkans”

  1. Is this a joke of a joke? Or sort of like that hand lotion named after a guy? Or is it totally serious and oblivious to the double entendre?

    1. I would vote for oblivious. There is a town called Pupnat in Korčula which is literally pronounced poop-knot. People just ain’t aware of this shit here.

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