Friday, September 23

Street in Ruse
Street in Ruse

Avery had an unusual 2am cry-sesh. Luckily, no one was staying in the room next to us for him to wake up. His sleep schedule was a bit off the last day, so it wasn’t too surprising. By the morning Avery was sleeping well and Brian and I went to the host’s kitchen for breakfast. Jerry served up an excellent spread of breads, jams, yogurt, fruit, and more.

We packed up our numerous bags–because you can’t travel lightly with a baby—checked out, and then drove on the road by the lake. We made a few stops to admire the view and look for birds, before hitting the highway for Ruse. Upon arriving, our first order of business was to get my third rabies shot. Side story here…

A week ago I went for a run in a park/field near our place. Brian and I, as well as two coworkers, had run in this park before. It was around 5 o’clock in the afternoon and I had run about 2 miles when I looked ahead and saw one dog start running towards me. I immediately stopped, then saw two more dogs behind the first charging towards me. With no place to escape and no one else around, the only thing I could do was move off the path and brace myself. I let out a little scream, turned towards the side and the second dog jumped at my leg. He bit the side of my upper thigh and did not immediately back away. I panicked a little thinking, what if these dogs just keep biting me? My reaction to the situation was to throw my hands up high in the air and let out a big growl. It worked! The dogs slowly backed up and then I slowed walked the other direction and didn’t make eye contact with them anymore. When I was far enough away, I took off running the mile and half home. I’m pretty sure they were stray dogs (they are very common here) so I began taking the rabies vaccine. It’s a 4-shot series over a two week period. Today was 7 days since starting so I had to get the third shot.

Back to our travels…

Our amazing room!
Our amazing room!

We found the hospital that the school doctor had called beforehand and I received the shot without much hassle. After that we checked into our hotel room. At first, we were frustrated by the fact that their elevator was broken and not even their reception was on the ground floor, let alone our room. But once we got to our room, we forgave them for the elevator. Our room was huge! It was multiple rooms, like almost its own apartment! The room was waaaay better than we expected and even though it was the most expensive of the 3 places we stayed, it was still only $60USD. It was nice to be able to put Avery’s crib on the other side of the place so it was less easy to disturb him sleeping.

Pantheon of the National Revival - Monument dedicated to local heroes who fought the Ottomans in the Russo-Turkish War
Pantheon of the National Revival – Monument dedicated to local heroes who fought the Ottomans in the Russo-Turkish War

We did our own little walking tour of the city and saw multiple historical buildings, the Danube river, and some monuments. We sat down for dinner at a Bulgarian restaurant, Ostankino, and got a lot of delicious food for a very cheap price. We had three dishes, 2 large garlic pit bread pieces, half a liter of beer, all for 25 leva, including tip! That’s about $15 USD. After dinner we went back to our place and put Avery to bed.

Neat building right on the main plaza
Neat building right on the main plaza

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulgaria loves their statues and fountains
Bulgaria loves their statues and fountains

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