Back on the farm and it feels good. I arrived here on Monday to a changing of the guard. Three girls were leaving as I was arriving and two guys were going to be leaving the next day. One of them, Ian, was British and he was trying to drive an old van from Britain to Japan via road, ferry, however he can. Very interesting guy. The other guy was American and he talked JUST like brad Pitt from inglorious b******s, that's all you need to know. They left Wednesday and so it has just been me and another Brit named trey as far as volunteers go, he Is great.
This place is awesome. It's in a very small village and the owner, Kathy, lives there with elly her daughter. They bought this old farm and some land across the street for 6,000 dollars, Bulgaria is soooo cheap, and are trying to build it into a little hostel and farm. Most of the work is little projects. I asked Kathy to work across the street on the vegetables bc I really want to learn how to plan and maintain crops the way she does, using biodynamics, basically planting and maintaining using the stars, sun and seasons. She was delighted bc she is leaving for a month soon and wants someone to help maintain it in her absence. Her daughter elly is great, so much fun. She was an engineer in England so she does most of the construction. When I'm not learning about plants, I am helping her build a badminton court- I'm so pumped. Dad and I used to play all the time when I was young so it's a special project for me, my goal is to have it ready sometime next week so we can play. We work about 6 hrs a day and then have time off starting around 3:30 or 4. I love the project nature of the work here, we are so involved and not just doing menial types of work.
The village is hillarious. There are some real characters. No one speaks English so we name them as we want. There is the captain who rides his scooter in full Bulgarian naval dress everyday. Charlotte is this morbidly obese British woman who runs the only bar. She is so cranky always so we kill her with kindness. She is of course married to the happiest, skinniest Bulgarian man in town-
No name for him yet. My favorite is dead guy. He gets drunk every night and passes out so hard that he seems dead. You never know which yard you will find him in, we want to do a dead guy treasure hunt one day. The area is beautiful and most people are subsistence farmers so there are amazing fields of food everywhere. It's really a peaceful place.
Today is my day off as well as tomorrow so I am in popovo, the town nearby, checking out the bazaar and running some errands. We have a new girl coming today from Britain so that should be great.
Enjoy your weekend!