Thursday, June 30, 2011

Крайници (Krainitsi)

Крайници (Krainitsi) is a fairly typical Bulgarian village, with little in the way of distinguishing features. But that doesn't mean it's not a special place.

It's a place with lots of doting баби (grandmothers).

And some surly дядовци.

It's a place where people walk their donkeys.

And let their dogs roam free.

Perhaps the only thing outnumbering the баби in Крайници are the storks. They have nests everywhere, from the church ...

to the trees ...

to the telephone poles.

When not attending to their offspring or hunting in the fields, the adults keep patrol from the rooftops.

But what really made visiting Крайници special was getting to see the impact a fellow volunteer and friend has made in the community. I'm going to miss him when he leaves in a few weeks, but not nearly as much as he will be missed by the people, and especially the kids, of Крайници.

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