On the fine Tuesday morning, we decided we would go to Viti again. I think we wanted to find some things that would be necessary for our living situation. You see, while this house has everything you could imagine or want, it doesn’t have the personal items you might need. We have different sized plates, one each, already in the house, and six glasses. Other than we have to get other things on our own, including the bed stuff (pillows, cover, and of course sheets), utensils, pans, vacuum cleaner, etc. On the day we moved in, we got a cover and pillows for the bed as well as under sheet. Nothing else.
The first days, we had some frozen pizzas as we could make them easily in the oven, and be creative when eating them. Somewhere, along the way, we found forks, spoons, two pans, and even some spatulas from the local store we have here! We were still missing knives. So, I think we went to town to find some of the things we still needed while A was still off, and try and do groceries for the coming week (neither of really knows how to do that for some reason).
I think we walked and walked and walked, trying to find stupid knives. We didn’t find any stores that would look like they sold household items or kitchen stuff. So, we went to the store to find food before going back home. This was the first time, I really felt overwhelmed in the negative sense. I was tired from the walking, quite hot too. The stores in Bulgaria (or the ones I’ve been to, if you have a recommendation for a good grocery store, or any kind of recommendation, that would be very welcomed!) are not the kind of stores I’m used to. Or maybe I was too tired to see much. For instance, I couldn’t find a spice rack, or even salt. This made me get creative, and luckily, at least I found soy. There were other things that were hard to find, and most things are in Bulgarian, which was not all that helpful at all. Good thing you can recognize the items just by looking at it (although, later I found out that on the soy bottle, it does say ‘soya sauce’).
As we were walking on the bus stop, I see a store that sells kitchen stuff – the first one at that! We go in to check if they would have any knives, and sure enough they do. However, this was one of those fancy-more-expensive kind of stores. Well, we had to get eating knives, and one sharper knife to be able to cut. Out of desperation of not finding anything, we end up buying two knives and a sharp knife. It still didn’t cost as much as you’d pay for it in another western country, but it was plenty for the prices they have here. After we had bought the knives, we get out of the shop, and notice that they have a bigger shop right next to the one we went – a shop that looked a lot cheaper than what we were just in! Oh, the irony! At that point, all I could do was just laugh at the Universe’s humour.
When neither of you speaks the language, or barely even reads the language, daily things such as going to the store and getting things, knowing what they are, can be quite rough. If you would have a local person with you, who knows their own system and would help you find the necessary things you need, that would be a lot easier. I personally would love to learn some of the traditional dishes Bulgarians make, or even some of the delicious pastries they have, but I don’t want to get it off the internet from a person who was on a vacation and taught themselves to make a dish they had eaten on a restaurant, if you know what I mean. I want the real, authentic stuff.
On the flip side, however, if you have a Bulgarian partner, you might miss some of the things than when neither of you barely knows anything of the culture. Nonetheless, both are excellent ways to get to know the wonderful Bulgarian culture!
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