What's w/the low water fountain in the bathroom?
Trip Start Jul 25, 2010
20Trip End Aug 03, 2010
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From the Greenville Hotel
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!