Day 2 in Bulgaria
Read the story of the arrival day.
While A was signing his contract, I had my breakfast and put the few things we had together, in case we had to leave right when he came back. He didn’t take nearly as long as I had expected him to, so we went for a small walk. Ended up getting lunch at the same restaurant we had dinner the previous day, Happy Bar & Grill, and just walking around while staying close by to the hotel.
As A had lost his suitcase, he didn’t have any deodorant on, we went to the store to get it. There was this older lady who insisted we’d go in front of her. She was so sweet! She even apologized for accidentally pushing A, when he didn’t even feel it! She didn’t speak any English but we all spoke a bit of Spanish. The world can be crazy when you’re moving to a completely new country. In this particular country, all the people I’ve met so far have been extremely nice and sweet! They’re all incredibly helpful too!
D was going to pick us up again to bring us to the bus station. We were able to catch the bus from Sofia to Veliko Tûrnovo (aka VT or as I like to call it, Viti) at 13.30. It took exactly three hours to get to Viti. Towards the end of the ride, I noticed I was feeling so stiff as we didn’t get any break in between. Being in that hot, full bus was an experience for sure. It only cost 21 leva (€10,5/$14/£9) for the bus ride! It’s ridiculously cheap here, especially the public transport and all!
We thought, we’d be greeted again by A’s new company employee but instead we met up with the brokers we had been emailing back and forth before arrival. As it was a Friday afternoon, right before a holiday weekend, we were lucky to be able to meet up with the owner of the house we really wanted to view. I’m glad that A lost his suitcase as all 5 of us had to fit in the station wagon with all of our stuff. One of the brokers (whose car it was) had picked up someone’s stuff as they were also moving. Next to their stuff, we had to fit in two big suitcases and couple of other smaller carry-ons – this was not easy but somehow we all managed. Then again, they didn’t inform from Sofia that I was coming (though apparently there was supposed to be a third employee coming as well), had they known he wouldn’t have picked up someone else’s stuff and leave it in the car. He was all apologetic about it and stuff – I told him, he shouldn’t be, and helped him to get everything into the car. (It turns out that he had done an exchange year in the Netherlands..the world is small, isn’t it?.. That’s why his English was excellent!) We dropped off our luggage to the hotel, so we could go meet up with the owner of the house we wanted to see.
When we got to the property, the owner/developer didn’t speak a word of English, everything had to be translated for us. He took us through the whole house – through all three floors and each room, explaining everything in detail and cracking jokes here and there. The tour seemed to be endless. We had already seen pictures of the house but the pictures did not do justice to what the house looked like in reality! The house was built last year, and the owner had lived about a year in the house to make sure everything works etc. If he didn’t like something, he still could make some changes, such as putting a door in the kitchen between the cooking area and the rest of the kitchen as otherwise it’d get so hot. He also had put a roof over the steps (I assume for winter that you don’t get stuck being inside or for rain)…and some other little things here and there. We didn’t have to think twice, we were completely sold for the house! We’d agreed to meet up with him the next day (on a Saturday, no less?!) to sign the contract.
After the tour, we were taken to the brokers’ office as another person had to go over some apartments because they hadn’t found anything yet. So, we walked to our hotel for the night, which wasn’t far from the office. We checked-in at the Yantra Grand Hotel , which apparently had won the prize of being one of the best hotels in town! We were lucky to get the view perfect view to the Царевец (Tsarevets) castle, which is one of the main tourist attractions of the city!
Once we were all freshened up, we went out to have dinner. I just love to have dinner here, they just make their food very delicious! That and it’s not too expensive to go out to eat here, I love it! We had heard of Ego restaurant, which was supposed to be a very good restaurant. So, we went to eat there. It looked like a very nice restaurant, and it was. The food was delicious, but we had to wait for it for a very long time and it had already gone cold. Maybe we were just unlucky, or the fact that it was a Friday evening of a long weekend that we just got unfortunate. My advice is that if you decide to go eat there, you should have a pizza! Although the chicken dish we had, was extremely delicious, I think their main thing is pizza.
After meal, we walked a bit around the town before we got settled in our marvelous hotel. Both of us wanted to take a nice bath since we were tired from the intensive couple of days and wanted to relax for a minute. Another great day with great people had gone by. I’m loving this country already!
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