August 6 2009: Operation: Kitten Rescue

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We had a few plans for this day, all of which we accomplished. Our morning started with breakfast at a place that Desi brought me to. We started with pizza and finished with the Bulgarian version of an éclair which was delicious. We noticed a kitten near the restaurant, which we were told was sick. We gave the poor thing some food and headed on our way:

Next we visited the internet café to have an update to everyone. I stayed there while Desi had some running around to do, and once I was done we headed to visit Desi’s grandfather in the hospital. He had just undergone an operation to correct a hernia and was recovering well. The visit was brief but important – he really appreciated it.

We also had to visit Desi’s best friend Nasi’s mom, who was in the hospital for cancer. We wanted to bring flowers, so we set out to find some. Leaving the hospital in search of flowers, we found this little guy:

The poor thing was meowing under a park bench. On the bench was a shoe box, with cat feces – our best guess is someone left the kitten in the box. It was likely scared and stayed in the box, and eventually pushed its way out and was too afraid to leave the area around the bench. This was where we found him, and we had to help.

Desi picked him up and we headed to a nearby store looking for milk. No milk here, so we headed across the street to another store. This one not only had milk, but it also had a small community of cats outside. We fed the hungry little kitten:

And we noticed an older man feeding and taking care of the cats. I asked Desi to tell him about the new kitten and maybe to take care of him. We hope that the little kitten found a new home, and headed on our way to find flowers.

We found them, and just in time. We had to hurry back to the hospital because the visiting hours were ending soon. Half way back, Desi realized she forgot her bags there. I stayed with our things while Desi ran back, and then we both ran to the hospital to be there just in time.

The visit with Nasi and her mom was good. Sad at times, and we were laughing at others. Great memories were shared and the visit was very meaningful for everyone. I hate to say it, but Nasi’s mom has since passed away. She was an amazing woman and will be dearly missed by anyone that has ever known her. Desi says that to her, Nasi’s mother was a hero. She was so much in pain but smiled and laughed and didn’t think of herself. Such a wonderful woman. May she rest in peace.

We walked with Nasi to work, and she got there just on time. We stayed for a bit and bought her pizza for dinner at the grocery store she was working in at the time. We then headed back to the apartment as we had to meet more of Desi’s friends later that evening:

We had a great time with them, and great conversations. Their English was conversational, so I was able to talk a bit myself as well (I’m sure Desi appreciated this so she had enough time to eat 😉 ).

After dinner Desi and I decided to go for a walk. it was dark out by now, and in the a square near the sundial was this woman, dancing with fire:

We watched her performance, and then headed off for a treat – Desi brought me to a place selling cotton candy (which Desi cutely thought I hadn’t tried before) which we shared as we walked to a small amusement park. We played a round of bumper cars (I think I won 😉 ) and then walked and talked all the way home. It was a wonderful evening and a wonderful day.

Even though we were back in Varna, our adventure still continued! 🙂


  1. Diane and Walter Enns
    December 7th, 2009 | 7:52 pm

    Hi Don and Desi

    Pizza for breakfast that sounds tasty. Such cute little kittens but what hardships they face, so nice to hear that you took the time for them as I am sure I would have done the same. Desi, my favorite photo is the one with you holding the kitten…absolutely beautiful.

    Very sad to hear the news about Nasi’s mom, our prayers and thoughts are with her and her family.

    Love Mom and Walter

  2. Desi
    December 12th, 2009 | 3:57 pm

    Hi Diane and Walter,

    Thank you for the sweet thoughts and care!!! It is always well appreciated and treasured!!!

    See you soon:)
    Love you and miss you!
    Desi <3 Donny

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