January 7, 2013

Split, Croatia. October, 2012

Among the many interesting vendors at the central market in this Dalmatian town, this woman selling her homemade sauerkraut. When I mentioned this to my Croatian friend Marin months later, he told me about his surgeon father’s odd sauerkraut experience. Marin’s father was ministering to a woman whose digestive track had become mysteriously blocked and required exploratory surgery. Upon operating, the good doctor soon found the source of the blockage: a formidable piece of wood from her sauerkraut barrel that the voracious woman had inadvertently consumed in her, well, enthusiasm for the pickled cabbage. Let’s hope this blue plastic barrel doesn’t become part of anyone’s meal. Or medical record.

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