August 7 2009: Operations, nostalgia, and friends

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Desi’s day started well before mine. She has her operation for some minor oral surgery on this morning, and very graciously let me sleep in. When she arrived back she was still frozen and fell asleep for a bit. The pain got worse as the day progressed, but with ice pack in hand she was determined to show me more of the city – so that is exactly what we did. One of the places we visited on this day was Desi’s old highschool:

The school specializes in the fine arts, as you can clearly see from the outside of the building. Its quite a beautiful building, no matter what angle you look at it:

Inside the building, we visited some of Desi’s old classrooms. The building was under renovations and none of her teachers were there to visit with, but we were still allowed to wander around the halls freely. We went to one of Desi’s old classrooms, and Desi sat down in (I think) her old desk for this photo:

And here is a view of the rest of the classroom:

The school was wonderful to visit, especially because of all the stories that Desi was sharing during the visit. It was wonderful to learn more about Bulgaria, about her past and about the many random things we saw on the walls. It was a lot of fun!

We then headed out for lunch and ate at a very nice buffet-style place. Once again I was trying new and different food, some I enjoyed and some I didn’t (no photos this time though). I am always up for trying new foods so every day was an adventure on our trip. The atmosphere in the restaurant was wonderful,and I’m a little upset I didn’t take a photo here. Desi deserves the recognition for finding it. 🙂

There seems to be a gap in my memory for this day. We may have gone to visit Desi’s friend Michaela again on this day as well, which was a great visit (her little daughter is simply adorable) but I have no pictures to show me what day this happened on. Oops!

Later that day we met up with more friends. Nasi ang her sister Grozi, Eli and her boyfriend, and Desi and I all went out on the town. We went for a wonderful walk and talk (though I didn’t do much of the talking) through a small amusement park, the same one with the bumper cars. The sun was setting as we walked, down to the sea shore to look for a place to eat. We found the same place we ate the night before, Godzila, and sat down and enjoyed a great meal:

Desi was quite the talker, even though she had surgery earlier that day. It was easy to see how much she loved spending time with her friends, and I did too – they are all wonderful people. SHe was sitting next to Eli:

and across from Grozi:

and of course very close beside me 🙂 :

Everyone we met this day was wonderful, and even though Desi was in pain she was still cheerful and the day ended well. We’re getting near the end of our adventure at this point, but there is still much more to share for the following days!


  1. Diane and Walter Enns
    December 17th, 2009 | 12:35 pm

    Hi Don and Desi

    Impressive art work at your high school Desi….so nice to learn more about where you grew up and went to school. Seems like you both had a great time visiting with friend even though Desi was in pain after her dental surgery.

    Don once again great photography. My favorite is Desi holding her ice pack…really cute picture, followed by the first picture of the art work on the school.

    Love Mom and Walter

  2. Desi
    December 17th, 2009 | 11:05 pm

    Hi Diane and Walter, hi everyone!

    Thank you Diane, I love this photo too! 🙂 It was truly a wonderful experience to meet with friends. The funniest thing of all was that I still couldn’t stop laughing and smiling even if it was painful. However, I had the wonderful and caring attention from Donny and that made things better for sure. <3

    Desi & Donny

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