Oh dear. It’s only been 2 days without proper internet and already I am having major blog withdrawals!
This signal I am *ahem* “borrowing” is awful. How rude of them (whoever they are!). 😉
On a positive note, because we weren’t plastered to our laptop screens today, Vince and I decided to take a drive to my favorite little nearby village–Shiroka Laka.
We knew going out that the roads weren’t in the best shape with the snow fall we have gotten the past few days, but we are optimistic little fools and thought it would be alright.
Well, we got about 10 minutes from the house and were about to head up the road towards the village when the police stopped us and suggested we turn around (suggested as in stood in front of our car). They said that even with chains cars were turning around and heading back to Smolyan.
I was bummed but I also didn’t want to risk dying on the side of some snowy Bulgarian road, so we decided to go grocery shopping instead.
We picked up a bunch of staples: flour, sugar, rice, lentils, laundry soap, etc. But I also threw some junk food in the cart: paprika chips (so yummy!), a swiss roll cake, and the some of the best ice cream I have ever had.
After the big supermarket we hit up a few different butchers for some meat and fish. Needless to say, our fridge/freezer and pantry are now well stocked.
My MIL does all the cooking, so I feel like it is only fair that Vince and I buy the bulk of the groceries.
As an American used to pretty high food prices (relative to the prices here), I was amazed at everything we were able to get for under 60 USD. That being said, it is not lost on me that a large majority of Bulgarians struggle to feed their families each week on the small monthly wages here. It’s truly sad.
Anywho, I didn’t come here to bum everyone out. I just wanted to post a quick update because.. well… like I said, I am having blog withdrawals and if I’m not able to post photos and tales of my adventures, I figured I would just bore everyone with my rambling.
Did I succeed? 🙂
Oh, did I also mention that I played mahjong on my computer for the better part of the afternoon and only won 3 games? At least my brain got a workout!
Hoping we get our internet fixed on Monday. If we don’t, I am seriously considering trekking down to main street to use the wifi in a cafe. My Google Reader is positively bursting at the seams!