July 16th was our first full day in Varna, and we filled it up with as much as possible. It all started with a great breakfast prepared by Desi’s Dad. Fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, etc to start the day:
We had a few stops planned for this day, including visiting Desi’s grandfather and friend Mihaela. The visits were wonderful and Desi continued her role as a translator with impressive speed. Here’s a photo I really like of Desi’s grandfather laughing as I try and take his photo:
We travelled to bazaars on our way back and bought a sweet honey dessert for dinner, and stopped in to visit Desi’s friend Mihaela for a while before dinner. She’s a great person, and has an adorable little girl. On our way back we stopped at a flower shop just under our apartment building that was being run by one of Desi’s former elementary school teachers. She was looking after a cat and her kitten, which I had to snap a picture of:
Sadly the mother has since died, but the kitten was adopted and still in great health. In Bulgaria and other Eastern European countries, there are many stray cats and dogs on the streets. The dogs have recently been sterilized to control the population, but the same isn’t true for cats yet. People with kind hearts will often provide the animals with food or shelter, but you’ll never see one that is well fed like Bungie (my cat) is here. More stories about the animals in future posts 🙂
Anyhow, the plan was to go out for dinner, but we ended up being caught in an awful rain storm (probably my favourite photo of the day, though):
We headed back inside and Desi’s dad (with lots of help from Desi) prepared a dinner fit for royalty, with many dishes that I had never tried before, and I liked them all. A great end to a great day!
I think we headed to bed shortly after this, sleeping well after an exhausting but very rewarding day. Of course much more was planned for the following day too; there’s never a dull moment in Bulgaria!