When I left my house this morning my housekeeper, noticing that I was wearing sandals, let out a yelp! Never mind that it was 70 degrees outside, this was obviously not acceptable.
I have heard it said that in the former Soviet Union there used to be a joke: “If you see a Bulgarian, beat him. He will know why.”
As I nervously walked past the grannies with their grandkids in the playground outside my apartment building, I had a nagging fear that these grannies live by a similar rule: “If you see a middle-aged foreign woman wearing sandals after October 1, beat her. She will know why.”
I have previously written about the great cultural clash that my sandals have become. You can read about it here.