What's w/the low water fountain in the bathroom?

Trip Start Jul 25, 2010
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Trip End Aug 03, 2010


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From the Greenville Hotel

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Monday, July 26, 2010

hey all.

yeah - jetlag's not so fun - - - but like I imagined it might be like - sort of like being really disoriented - the hardest thing was not to go to full sleep mode this afternoon.

Trip was generally ok.  Doc mentioned the long wait in Amsterdam.  The best part of the flights - besides excellent movies was the free beer and wine... and on all airlines.  (Just occurred to me that made for a barley sandwich sort of breakfast...:)

Arrived to gray and +18 (c) in Sofia.  Hard to imagine the distance between us and home now...

It's 5 pm here (9 hours ahead of Regina) and we both just got up from a 30 minute power snooze.  We're going to get our bearings and find some pub to sample the local food.  Doc can't eat after midnight, so we'll make the most of it. 

I think each day will be an adventure, given neither of us have any grasp of Bulgarian (the language).  I asked our driver to teach me some very basic words so I can be the polite Canadian that would support the stereotype, but nope, I can't remember even one of the phrases or words he shared (Doc's way better at this), except for 'Merci' (said slightly slavicly - is that a word?) that word is both 'thank you' and 'you're welcome', so it's not all bad.

Actually so far English has been spoken by all we've met - including by the front desk clerk at the hotel - so shouldn't be any problem.  The hospital is literally a couple of hundred feet from the front door of the hotel, so things are really well laid out.

What is missing is some semblance of skyscrapers in a city of 1.4 million.... but with the low clouds and dense trees all around us, there probably is some sort of downtown commercial area - we've just not yet discovered it.

And, neither of our phones work here - neither of us is receiving texts - nor are emails forwarded to me through my BBerry.  A good thing probably:)

Special thanks to Megan & her toddler Maddie who transported us and saw us off at the airport, handing off a garbage bag full of candy, chocolate bars, nuts and dried fruit and other goodies we haven't discovered yet.  (Can't figure how Mark made it through U.S. customs with all those nuts/seeds with him.  Guess they see a lot of that coming from Canada :~) 

Also thanks to Darryl who joined us all for breakfast so early this morning.  Was nice to have a group waving us off!

Will download some pictures when I get this site figured out!

Good Morning all!

~kim
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Lynsey on

So cool to read this, i'll be following till you guy get home... one question...
What IS up with the low water fountain in the bathroom??

Darryl on

Good to hear you're there...... It's 11 am here, so guess you guys are into your evening. Thinking of you both!

Darryl on

DON'T DRINK FROM THE 'LOW WATER FOUNTAIN' IN THE BATHROOM!! HAHAHA

aeroman
aeroman on

Yah you guys were in Amsterdam for the beer

Sherry on

Hey Kimby! Good to hear that you both arrived. This is my first time to follow a blog...quite interesting! Looking forward to hearing how things go there....S

Megs on

Glad to hear you are both doing well. Sending you both lots of love and healing energy from all of your people in Regina!

markdoch
markdoch on

Lynsey. The low water fountain is called a 'bidet'. Look it up. Then laugh. Then laugh some more.

Then laugh again when I see you back in Regina.

Kim

Colin & Karen on

Jumped out of bed, straight to the computer this morning, can't stop thinking about you! Hope to hear soon how things are going (or went). Exciting times. All our positive thoughts and energies .....

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