I had a wonderful birthday yesterday, completed by all the love I received from across the ocean via phone, internet and post. Thanks to everyone.
I got some great presents, but maybe the best one is from the US government: a two-year paid vacation in a lovely town less than an hour from the beautiful Black Sea. After training ends in July this will be my home. I will be near some other volunteers, and we all rode the train together for seven hours today, along with our Bulgarian counterparts, who will teach with us.
Bulgarians are so kind to strangers, and the Bulgarian countryside is so beautiful, that travelling isn’t such a chore here as it is in the States. In fact, I found myself in no hurry for the long ride to end.