Last night, on Svet's invitation, we went out for the evening to learn more about his life and his son Tony's life. Chance was still very sick (potentially food poisoning) so he had to miss this excursion. He was saddened by this, but in no way ready to be in public. Continue to pray for healing please. (I'm personally feeling better. I am guessing that I ate some gluten somewhere along the way...)
Svet, as I've mentioned previously, is the Bulgarian side of New Beginnings Adoption Agency. He has a huge heart for children and a great knowledge of the local politics and historical sites.
He was also in a Bulgarian ZZ Top cover band... haha. Yes, you can laugh! I did! :)
Tony, is Svet's 22 year old son. He is currently a student at the local university. Tony was hired to help haul my parents around and do some translating this week!
Here are Svet and Tony:
They are very kind, very helpful Bulgarian men!!
We have enjoyed our time with them.
Svet is very funny and typically a big tease. As you can imagine, he and The Reverend get along just fine! :)
We began the evening by seeing Tony's workshop. It is a small storage area in the lowest level of his apartment building, but it is where he works on his bikes. And by bikes, I mean motorcycles!
Tony is very good with his hands and with small engines, etc. He even showed us a homemade iPhone charger that charges the phone using AA batteries. Smart guy!
Here's his workshop:
(By the way, ladies, he's 22, handsome, and has a great accent... I'll hook you up! ;))
Next on the tour...
Svet and some of his friends have a piece of property in which they are currently growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, berries, grapes, pumpkins, and plumbs. He has told us about his property this week, so he offered to take us to see it.
It was incredible. I couldn't believe how many plants could fit into such a small place.
Svet is very generous with his crop as well. One day, he brought a whole container of vegetables to the orphanage. They were, of course, delighted.
Our next order of "business" was to eat dinner at the hotel restaurant that is owned by Svet's landlords. His apartment building is on the same complex as a resort hotel. The area is beautiful and is very close to the Black Sea. Tonight, the hotel served a Greek buffet for dinner. It was yummy. I tasted a local fish that was grilled in its entirety and had to have its head removed before eating. Delicious, but sometimes hard to look at!
After dinner, Svet's girlfriend (Sabina) helped us translate a photo album containing pictures of Chance and I's immediate families. The album also had photos of our dog, Allen, and our "nephews." It is our hope that N. will be well aquatinted with all of these people (and pets) by the time he comes home!
Finally, Svet took us to his very nice appartment and showed us some of the videos of his time in the ZZ Top cover band.
(Svet is the bass player on the left of your screen. And, again, yes. You can laugh!)
If you were to decide to adopt from Bulgaria through New Beginnings, this is the man who will handle all of your adoption paperwork. Yeah, the one with the fake beard. How does that make you feel?!
Svet also pulled out his guitar and bass to serenade us for a little while.
Here he is playing his bass. He even combined his two hobbies (music and tennis) at one point in this video!
(Sabina kept saying, "Pick a song and stick with it. You musicians never play one song all the way through...")
We had a marvelous evening tonight, thanks to Svet and Tony. I wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know them better because we have already offered for them both to move in with us after N. comes home. We're going to need SOMEONE who can speak Bulgarian... right?!