On day three, we woke up from the beautiful hotel in Viti, Yantra Grand Hotel. We went and got ourselves a nice breakfast, and made sure we’d get the traditional things they were serving since it was a buffet. There was Bulgarian yogurt, which is so delicious, best yogurt I’ve ever tasted! Then there was something that seemed to be deep fried, it was a salty pastry thing. There was also some cake and other sweet stuff. Based on this breakfast (and the other meals I’ve already had in Bulgaria), I’ve noticed that Bulgarians don’t put a lot of salt or sugar in their things. It may take some time to get used to, but overall, things seems to taste a lot better. I am just in love with the Bulgarian cuisine, there’s something special about it! Although, nothing beats Indonesian or Surinamese cuisines, so I guess Bulgarian is my third favorite then ;).
After breakfast, we just hang out at the hotel until we had to check out. We then went to the brokers’ office to find out they weren’t at the office yet. We had to wait outside with our luggage until they came. We had an appointment with the owner of the house at 1 o’clock to sign the contract. As it so happens, we signed the contract already but he had another appointment to go to so he gave the brokers the keys in case we wanted to go to the house already. The brokers were dealing with other people (new employees, just like A) to deal with as well. So we just decided to take a cab to the house and wait for the owner to come there.
Around 4, there were other brokers, brokers he has hired, who would translate for us. They have a very relaxed way of doing business, everything seems to take longer than what you would expect. It wasn’t only about signing the contract but also going through what was in the house, room by room, floor by floor. Overall, things took about an hour until we got everything settled; all the papers signed (things seem very bureaucratic here..), we paid the deposit, and he showed the very few of the rest of the things that needed to be further explained. He seems very nice, making more jokes than the previous time; he was even worried about us when we didn’t have pillows/cover for the bed/sheets and told us that one of the brokers (or the broker’s assistant) would take us to a shop where they sell all that sort of stuff. Again, another very nice gesture on their part!
We got to the shop, which seemed like a rip-off store of Ikea, as we were paying for the groceries and bed stuff, I had a complete blackout of my card. Suddenly, I had no idea what numbers I should press. I guess, this was my first clue of how tired I really was at that moment. It had been very intense couple of days, a lot of first impressions, a lot had to be done within just a couple of days, moving from one country to another and on top of all things, I hadn’t slept well for the past nights – I guess all those things would explain the blackout. Luckily, this is a country where people don’t start huffing and puffing if someone’s taking a bit longer at the register. Still, coming from a country like that, I was freaking out quite a bit. Thankfully, we had enough cash on us.
We were brought back to our new home. Finally, we could just relax and be on our own now. Finally, alone time, what both of us had been craving. A nice bed to sleep on..and just being here. It was so surreal that this big house, with the latest equipment is now ours to call home. I really couldn’t believe it! This all, everything I had experienced these past couple of days, seemed so surreal. It was not too long ago that I had moved to Ireland after living almost 5 years in NL, and now to be in this country I barely even knew! Yet somehow, it feels like this is a huge blessing, there is a reason why we moved here. It feels as though this is what we have been looking for, not knowing it would exist in Bulgaria. I don’t know how to explain it, it just seems there is a bigger reason as to why we are here. Reason, I don’t know yet but hopefully will find out sooner or later. Universe does hear my, and our, prayers. And thankfully, we’re open enough to listen to the answers. Everything has happened so fast.
More stories and pictures coming soon! :)