Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lviv Bazaar

We heard Lviv had a bazaar but didn’t expect to find it on a snowy afternoon when the wise thing to do is hide away indoors near a fireplace. The snow didn’t even come close to stopping these people from selling their goods. The bazaar was composed of makeshift booths wrapped in tarp, though it wasn’t enough to shield from the weather. Many of the things for sale were lightly dusted with snow, but it didn’t seem to bother anyone.

It was such a treat to wander through the shops and see items that were so traditional and very “Ukrainian”. Matryoshkas, wool socks, sheepskins, and carved wooden items are things we’ve always had laying around at my parents’ house. The samovar looks identical to the one my parents brought with them to the States. Everything was so familiar and nostalgic—these people seemed to know my childhood and I felt like hugging them.

* Julia

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