zdrasti from Sofia, Bulgaria!
what a 24 hours it has been. Tel-Aviv was amazing to begin with. I met up with Devon when i got there, she was staying with a couple she knew from home who have moved to israel now and lived right around the cornor from the hostel i was staying at. After catching up, we went to the market and picked up some things to make a dinner for them as a thank you for hosting us, so we made them some farm recipes we had learned from adi. we spent the night on their roof top terracel, drinking wine and eating delicious food just talking about israel and judaism. It was such an amazing time, they were so fascinating to speak with and such welcoming hosts. The next day we visited a street art festival and walked around the city, enjoying the weather. That night we met up with Roee (devons friend) who took us out to a local bar to meet his friends from med school which was great. We were so busy the whole time that I barely had any time to organize my stuff or sit down and look at my flight schedule and stuff so i was planning to do that last night after devon left. *side note* devon is going to Goats with the Wind- god bless her soul. After a final breakfast and some sad goodbyes, i went back to the hostel, completely intending on getting my life together when i saw another friend from the farm- lance! the guy from south africa. Israel is such a small country, i shouldnt be surprised. it was so great to see him and we ending up going out to get drinks and catch up and they ended up talking me in to going to a pub to watch the chelsea game, before i knew it, it was 1 am and i had to leave in a hour to go to the airport. i hurredly packed and got the cab and he asks- which airline? It was at that moment i realized-i had no idea. so he drops me off, 3 hours early, at the airport- im dreading it, thinking im going to have to kill mad time at a dead airport, trying to stay awake and not miss my flight. i walk into the airport and its CHAOS. no wonder they tell you to be there 3 hours early. by the time i went through my check in bag security, one round of questioning about why i was in israel, my carry on bag seucrity, another round of customs and questioning, my flight was already boarding.
so after a long day of travelling, i arrive in sofia, not knowing what to expect at all- and its gorgeous. Its a small city, completely walkable, beautiful weather and very interesting architecture. Think Soviet Union meets Austria or something. There are parks everywhere and everyone is out, enjoying the weather- I am excited to go out and explore and just bum in a park and read.
It was really hard to leave Israel. My experience there was like nothing I have ever had before and it was truly a life changing trip. It was touigh love, you have moments where you think "can i just get a break, you people are f***ing relentless, let the arabs have it" , but just when you get there, something unbelievably magical happens and you realize the whole country just taught you a much needed lesson. Israelis live life right, and they make it look easy. I learned so much. Bulgaria has a hard act to follow but, so far, its coming in strong. There is a mountain which towers over the city, it still has a bit of snow and everything is green with rolling hills. I have 4 days to do some sight seeing before i head to my new farm, St. James Park, you can check out the website. I plan on doing some hiking and a lot of relaxing.
shout out to cass for her tel-aviv i said hello post- amazing, that one is a keeper.