Since arriving home from Sofia last Thursday, we have been pretty much confined to our apartment.
It has snowed off and on for days, but the issue really is the road conditions.
On Saturday, Vince and I tried taking a drive to Shiroka Laka (my favorite little Rhodope village) and were told by the police to turn back as even cars with chains on their tires were unable to make it up the road.
Basically all we have been doing is sitting on our butts watching TV.
(I am now addicted to a TV show called Bondi Vet. It follows two veterinarians in Australia. One of them… Yum!)
My MIL briefly attempted to teach me to knit slippers, but she quickly lost me amongst her tiny stitches. I want to revisit it again soon, but in the meantime I see lots more lazing about in our near future.
The news each night makes it sound like Snowmagedon (that phrase is about as annoying as TruckTober–those of you in the states have probably heard that one) has arrived across Bulgaria.
We have heard tales of people being found dead out in the snow, whole villages going without power and water for days, and helicopters having to drop supplies to those poor souls who are stranded.
It’s a bit scary, really.
Luckily, things haven’t been that hard for us here in Smolyan. Other than a few short power outages, we have gotten away largely unscathed. The nearby ski resort, Pamporovo, however, had it a bit rough over the weekend. With all the recent snowfall they were doing quite well. We drove through on our way home from Sofia and the slopes were packed. On Friday night the power went out and the ski resort also lost water. Saturday saw a mass exodus of tourists.
Today, the sun is finally peeking through the clouds and the road crews are out in full force trying to make things at least manageable. We managed a small walk to go get a new router (we finally have internet!) and I dragged my monstrous camera with me to snap some photos (it’s about time I did another Scavenger Hunt Sunday).
Cabin fever has long since set in and I am desperate to take a day trip. Looks like we’ll be hitting Plovdiv sometime next week.