Sunday, February 7, 2010


I’m sitting on a train waiting to return to Plovidv. There are about 15 minutes before departure, but sitting in a warm comfortable train sure beats the cold hard bench in the dreary little train station.

My view from the window is of kids, adults and dogs romping in last night’s snowfall. The consistency….perfect for snowballs, snowmen and snow forts.  This group has put together a fort, probably about 3-4 feet high, in an open area across from the station. Behind it a street parallels the tracks. They have globbed together and shaped the fort to look like a giant meatball with an entrance resembling a bear’s den.  The opening is just the right size for kids and dogs……no adults allowed. The German Shepherds are racing around, distracted from each other only briefly when a snowball comes their way.

Earlier in the day as we walked through one of the many beautiful parks in Hissar, we stopped to watch two families sledding and making a snowman.  I smiled at the sight of the sled with the metal runners. I don’t think I’ve seen one of those since my own childhood. The snowman was “man” size.

It is moments in time like this that help highlight the similarities between Americans and Bulgarians. To me these scenes were about family and the importance family plays in the lives of people from both countries. I could easily have been back home watching this very same scenario in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Philadelphia or even the nation’s capital.



Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder of how important friends and family really are in our lives. I'm so glad that you are able to get constant reminders of life back in the states. I can already imagine how unique your transition back will be in 18 months or so. I'm also glad to see how much you both enjoy your unique experiences there in Bulgaria. You are both special and your experiences will help make you even more special. You will both continue to influence the world in ways that you can't even now imagine. Estelle

Anonymous said...

Just to let you know you have another sometime follower (linked to your blog by Nat B one time when you did an extended description of Roma). It's wonderful to have another thoughtful and reflective "window" on Bulgaria - I hope to meet you some day! --ML (Nat's mom)