We skipped back to Bulgaria with our hearts full of joy and expectation. March is here, martinitsas are being exchanged with friends and we are at beginning of a veritable flood of festivals including International Ladies Day and baby Marin’s celebration of 40–days-in-the-world party.
Flowers start poking their little leaves through the thawing ground. Blossom will appear on the trees. Birdies will wake us with their gentle song of a morning. Summer is just around the corner.
And yet as I type this, I am sitting in an internet café at the seaside in Primorsko wearing tights under my trousers again, the wind and a big blizzard whipping at the windows.
Yes, it is snowing again. And we have no internet at home. No, it’s not all that unusual, so we have taken it in our stride. Then the landline stopped working as well. Peculiar? Well, actually yes. But that was nothing. The electricity went off from about 10pm last night and continued to be unstable throughout the night.
So we packed up our electronics, swept the latest 5 inches of snow off the car and spluttered and skidded into Primorsko, setting up camp in a little café which offers free Wi-Fi – and rather good shopska salad it would appear – where we have been for the last 3 hours.
So the winter that we had really hoped would be over by the time we got back home seems to have popped in again. And currently doesn’t appear to be showing any signs of abating. I guess we’ll be leaving the extra layer of duvet on for the time being then!