Today was a wonderful day, totally unexpected too. I needed a few supplies and some pennies from the bank to pay my monthly electricity and water bills. So I headed off this morning to the nearest cashpoint (several kilometres away but a quick car trip)
I popped into the DIY store on the way back to pick up some paint for my new windows and had a lovely chat with Vinetta (must check I am spelling that right next time I visit the store) who speaks great English and is also teaching me some Bulgarian words each time I go into the store too.
Paint and brushes bought, off I went to the post office and was warmly greeted by our post lady , paid my bills, and then went into the next room to pay my internet. Hmm plan thwarted for a few moments as the Internet man wasn’t there…
So I popped back into the post office to ask if they knew where he was and the post lady went straight outside to find him for me – (He was enjoying a chat outside with some other villagers – you would never see that happening in the UK).
Next stop was the village shop for a few bits and a few unexpected experiences that totally made my day perfect…..
As I was about to go into the shop a couple were sitting outside having a coffee and gave me the warmest most welcoming smile and I realised that they were an English couple whose parcel had been wrongly delivered to my house a few months ago, so of course, I stopped to say hello and we had a lovely chat with each other.
When Kevin and Julia left, I went into the shop for my bits and Rositsa (I must ask her if I am spelling her name correctly), could see me looking at all the cakes and biscuits on the side of the counter, I was looking for the chocolate bananas (I so can’t resist those, they remind me of being a child and receiving them as a treat)…… but they weren’t there today, so I thought they had all sold out. BUT, Rositsa knew exactly what I was looking for and she called me over and took me to the other side of the shop, and pointed out the box that was now in a different place……. What a lovely thing that she remembered how much I love those chocolate bananas.
As I was paying for my shopping she asked me if I would like a coffee, I said no as I don’t drink it, so she then asked how about chocolate, another no from me, as I don’t drink chocolate either……. I explained to her that I drink tea and with that she popped over to the other side of the shop and made me the absolute most gorgeous smelling cup of tea….
I wandered outside and sat down to drink the tea (it was strawberry and not only smelt divine but tasted divine too) and to my surprise, Rositsa followed me out, and with the warmest of smiles, sat down at the table with me…..
We spent a lovely time together not being able to talk very much as she speaks only a teeny bit of English and my Bulgarian about as teeny as her English, but by the time I had finished my tea, I knew how old she was, how many children she had, all about her grandson, her dog and had seen pictures of her lovely garden, beautiful daughter & grandson too. I knew how old she was and how old her children are she knew the same about me too. She also asked if I had a partner or my children living here with me and when I said no she looked really sad that I was living here on my own (I though that was so sweet of her)
Before I left, she told me I should go again and we can sit and chat together and she would malko po malko (little by little) teach me some more Bulgarian.
I left the shop with one of those very warm and fuzzy feelings you get when you have been in the company of warm and kind people…… And I will definitely be going back for more strawberry tea and to chat with my new friend again soon …..