This is not going to be a Wordless Wednesday, it’s going to be very Word-ful Wednesday. I’ve already shown you a glimpse of what happened last Saturday, on the Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Here comes the full story…
A and I love Samoyeds, it is our absolute favorite breed! Since losing our first Samoyed, we’ve been heartbroken. Although, we know that he is in a very loving and lively home, we still think about him nearly daily. For some reason, Samoyeds are not very well known. Or that is the impression that I have. We’ve been looking for a Samoyed breeder here in Bulgaria, and we found one who doesn’t live too far away from here (Sofia would’ve been too far). After many emails back and forth, we were able to go meet this breeder. Boy, were we in for an adventure!
The day didn’t start on the best terms. Being a foreigner and not speaking the language can get frustrating. That was our morning. We went to a bus station here in VT, just to find out that the bus leaves twice (or was it even once) a day. Oh great. We went to the other bus station that this town has. It didn’t look all that promising at first. We still went and asked if there were any buses going to this town. Thankfully, they wrote down three times and we took the first one! Phew – that was a tiny scare.
The thing about Bulgarian public transportation is that it’s not one company that runs the show. They have several bus companies, from which many of them are also taxi companies. When you go to a bus station, you see the offices for each company. Usually, you also see the towns the buses go to. All written in Cyrillic. To me personally, the letters start jumping and the letters don’t mean anything anymore. What’s good about this country, is that there is usually always someone around who wants to help you. A lot of times it’s a bit of guessing game and charades but so far, we’ve been able to understand what they’re trying to say.
We had almost two hours to kill before the bus left. So, we went to check out some shops we knew were close by. We went in one and found there was a locksmith. After a little over a month, we’ve only had one set of keys! Finally we were able to make another set of keys for us!! In Ireland making an extra set of keys cost us €30 (that’s for three keys!), for the same amount of keys we only had to pay about €3, that’s 6 leva! I am so amazed about this..
Moving on, our bus left. We arrived at the other town on time. It is always a little bit nerve-wrecking to meet someone you’ve only exchanged emails with. The couple came to pick us up from the station. Right from the get-go, we hit it off. Bare in mind that this was our first time of being welcomed into a Bulgarian home. On the way there, I asked A how many dogs they have, he said he thought 3. When we actually got there, there were 6! Six amazing white Samoyeds! Even when the Sammies don’t know you, they’re very eager to meet you! They barked. They jumped up and down. They ran. They sniffed. They wanted cuddle. So many lovebugs that I wanted to cuddle! All of them have the same mannerisms as our first Sammy.
I wanted to cuddle with all of them! They were just so happy, and very loving. After the initial reaction, they calmed down a bit. Still curious and wanting to know who we were. There were two smaller girls, one of them (or perhaps both) followed me around constantly. If I stopped petting, she started whining and got closer to me! It was so adorable!
The family set up a table for us in the backyard since it was a very lovely day. I thought they would just offer coffee type of thing, or lunch at most. When N, the hostess, came out with two plates full of food, I was so surprised! I had not expected that at all! She just kept bringing more and more. A salad, rakia (a Bulgarian drink)..it seemed never-ending. As she finally was able to sit down with us, A and I found out that back in the day, it was mandatory for Bulgarians to make a full meal for their guests. Since Europe, and being part of EU, it is not mandatory anymore. I remember when someone would come over, we would just offer like a dessert of some kind with a beverage of the guests’ choice.
The day couldn’t have been better! After the dinner, N had prepared dessert for us! WOW! A full-meal to complete strangers. The meal was some of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had! I want to learn how to cook like that! After the meal, the least I wanted to do is clean up. All I got to do was bring the dishes inside, and even that was a surprise to her. At least, I helped with something!
This is what I know about Bulgarians – they’re incredibly nice people! They give so much, and they do it with such a huge heart! It’s incredible to see. Right off the bat, A and I felt very welcomed to their home. The feeling what I got there, could not be described in words, it was out of this world. Something very magical about it.
After the meal, we still had some time to play with the doggies before we had to head to catch the last bus. For the meal, they put the dogs in their big dog house so that we could eat at peace! How considerate! They calmed down while they were there. As soon as they were let out though, they were so happy! It’s as if we were gone and they noticed us again for the first time. I took the last pictures.
We had a little bit of extra time, so they wanted to show us the well-known attraction of their town, Covered Bridge. They wanted us to come over again, though for a weekend. They want to show us waterfalls nearby and some other attractions. We’d love to come by again, we were honored that they would even ask! So, hopefully, next month we’ll be able to go there again! I’m so looking forward to that.
Now, enjoy the best of last Saturday’s visit…
This little one is Lora, she weighed nothing! She was one of the two who kept following me! I wanted to take her home ;)
Once you meet a Samoyed, you’ll notice how they will take your heart immediately! It is a very special breed!
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