Glad to be back

Trip Start Apr 14, 2006
Trip End Jul 2008

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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Ahh it's good to come home. After the terrible HUB days I was tired and just wanted to get back to my family. There was a direct bus from Dupnitsa, tho we had to wait around for 2 ˝ hours after our seminars finished. When I was a block away from the house in Kocherinovo Kami saw me and ran down the street into my arms, yelling Kaka Meri!! And I got a big hug and kiss from Dessi in the garden.

Anyway I thot I would take a minute to say more about Kocherinovo, my satellite site where I will live with my host family throughout my training, until the end of June. Turns out there are less than 2500 people living here. The town is roughly 10 blocks square. There are no street lights. There is no internet café and no public payphone, altho I just found out there is one phone booth in the post office that you can use for international calls. You pay the postal worker directly, and of course it's only available during post office hours. There is one disco that is in the community center, which I think is funny, but I refuse to go there as it's a lot of teenagers. My first weekend when I was out of town one of the other volunteers accidentally danced with a girl who turned out to be his student. It's the kind of place where when you walk around you say Dober Den (good day) to everyone you see. Kocherinovo is a 10 minute drive from Blagoevgrad, one of Bulgaria's largest cities, where there are 2 universities, lots of shops, bars, and a lot more stuff going on.

I am loving it here. I would never plan on my own to live in a place this small, no matter what country I am in, so I am really enjoying an experience that will be completely different from anything else in my life. Even when I finish my training I'll most likely serve in a town that's more like 25,000.

Here are some more random photos taken at the house.
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