One of my dear friends, Sandra, recently sent us a wonderful package in the mail. Sandra lives in Canada, but is from Bosnia (former Yugoslavia -- geez, I need to learn more about modern geography and European history). She picked these items up on a recent visit back to her hometown. I cannot wait to add them to our Europe continent box -- that is, if I can swipe them away from my son long enough for him not to notice!
She sent us....
- Little Red Riding Hood, written in the local language
- handmade slippers
- coins and banknotes from Bosnia and Serbia
- Tahan-halva, which is similar to Turkish Delight
- a bag of Lavendar from Hvar, Croatia -- smells AMAZING -- and a traditional pepper mill
- a small handmade woolen rug, and a triptych made in Monastery Slanci
- flute from Sarajevo
- Bosnian newspaper and tea
- a handmade piece of cloth
- London brochure
- feather, golf tees, and triangular colored pencils (okay, so these items aren't European, but she did send them to me!)
- German Mark, now replaced by the Euro
I must say, I am absolutely FLOORED that Sandra sent me the handmade piece of cloth. This is because it was made by her grandmother, and is over 70 years old! During WWII, the German army came into many of the villages and raided/burned the homes. Her grandmother (and other ladies) wrapped their belongings in these pieces of fabric, placed them in boxes, and buried them, with the hopes that the Germans would not find them. Amazingly, their family belongings were not found, and now she has generously shared these sacred pieces of fabric with me!
So, what great educational finds have you discovered this week?