Thursday, January 20, 2011
Shopping list: carrots, cabbage, slippers
When you enter a Bosnian house, politeness dictates you take off your shoes . It makes perfect sense in a place where most people walk everywhere--those shoes can have mud and all sorts of yuckiness. But bare floors (which is what most Bosnian houses have) can be cold in winter, so there is also a tradition of keeping slippers by the front door to slip on once your shoes are off.
You would not, however, go to the shoe store to buy these slippers. You go to the produce market. There hand-knitted slippers sit in piles next to the piles of lettuces and cabbages.
A bunch of us got slippers for Christmas and are enjoying our toasty toes.