Somehow it's already mid-May. I don't know if it's just getting older, having a kid, or a combination of both, but time really does seem to fly by these days.
This month started off with the Easter holiday, followed by St. George's day, which is a pretty big deal name day here in Bulgaria. Martin and his parents had off for a week, so we had ourselves a nice "spring break", complete with perfect weather.
We started off by going to see Mark Knopfler at the National Palace of Culture. We found out about the show about a week beforehand, so we ended up with standing room tickets, which was interesting since the venue is a seat-filled auditorium.
In typical Bulgarian fashion, no one had determined where all of the folks without seats would go, because there really is no standing room. They sold a whole bunch of tickets anyway, cause why not? When we entered the auditorium, we just sort of planted ourselves near the front off to the right of the stage. There was no designated standing area at all, so it was more like every man for himself. The whole scene was a bit chaotic, with people being told to basically press themselves up against the side walls- no organization, no pre-planning, so very Bulgarian. Someone tried to tell us to move once or twice, but as the concert began, we held our position right behind the press area. Once the photographers were ushered out after the 3rd song, we couldn't believe our luck! We practically had a front row seat to the concert, and ended up sitting on a wing of the stage anyway. Right next to people who had paid a hundred leva for their tickets, whereas we had only spent 40 each. My first concert experience in Bulgaria, good and memorable.
Tuesday we headed out to the village for a week of badminton, beer, delicious food, and endless sunshine. 80+ degrees everyday. It was bittersweet in a way, because our time here is really winding down. I find myself holding on and letting go at the same time. We can sense that the people around us are growing sad, obviously. It's hard to feel too excited, because I don't want to be insensitive. We waited so long and worked so hard to get to this point, and to be this close is a little overwhelming. 6 weeks left...