It’s now been just over a month since I moved to my permanent site, or, better said, my home for the next two years. I know many of you are curious to know where I am living and what my standard of living is. Let’s just say I got very lucky. I am living less than 30 km from Sofia in a small town of less than 10,000 people, and I have the best of both worlds. Life here is peaceful and relatively slow-paced, and the people are friendly and welcoming. And Sofia, with all the perks and conveniences of a national capital and a city with a population of more than 1,000,000 people, is just a short bus-ride or train-ride away. And, unlike many of my fellow Peace Corps volunteers, who will be living in old communist block apartments, I am living in a simple one-story house at the back of the best garden in town. Most importantly, because of where I live, I essentially have a second host family who has been every bit as welcoming and generous as my host family in Boychinovtsi.
A view of the garden from the path leading away from my house.
A similar view on a nicer day a few weeks later.
A different area of the garden.
The path leading to my house through the garden.
This is our BBQ area. It's a wonderful place to spend an afternoon or evening enjoying company, food, and drink.
My living room/bedroom.
Yes, I do have a toilet. And it's inside my house. No more long walks late at night.