There's Something about Mary

Stories and thoughts about my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova

Mama Gazda doesn’t understand my footwear choices….


My choice of footwear has been a hot topic in my house this last week.  I don’t really like shoes and would prefer to wear my birkenstocks (which I left in the US) or my flip flops every day of the year.  The other day I was tired of wearing my one pair of close-toed choices I had brought to Moldova, so I wore my flip-flops to work instead.  My host mom had so many questions for me on my way out the door and then when I got home she kept asking if my feet were cold, which they were not.  Then she showed my host dad what I was wearing and the other guy that works with him.  It turned into a long conversation, and I am pretty sure they think I am slightly crazy.  Today I wore my chacos on my walk, and once again got all sorts of questions.  I also get some funny looks from the people on the street who see me, but I like my sandals and will continue to wear them for as long as I can!


Author: Mary O

Hi, I'm Mary. I am orignally from Spokane Wash., where I lived for 20 years of my life. I went to school in Bellingham Wash, at Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In June 2011, I moved to Moldova for the Peace Corps. In the Peace Corps, I am an Agribusiness and Rural Development Volunteer, and live in a town called Riscani, which is about 3 hours northwest of the capital city. I love Moldova, but there are somedays where I really miss all my friends and family in the States! Email me if you have more questions!

2 thoughts on “Mama Gazda doesn’t understand my footwear choices….

  1. lol your footwear is like Jeff’s bottoms choices. He gets asked all of the time “aren’t you COLD?!” As he’s wearing shorts and a jacket. He just hates pants and his legs don’t really get cold anyway. I sure don’t get it, but hey, whatever floats both of your boats!

  2. Your toesies do look a little tiny bit cold! 🙂 Love you! ! ! !

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