Roma Travel Journal - Day 7
We started on the road at about 9:30 this morning, got an hour out of Sofia, then had to turn around and go back through a traffic jam to return a backpack to the hotel where we had spent the night. Our seminarian driver/translator had inadvertently loaded it into our van with our other suitcases, all of which had been sitting in a hallway. We dragged into Varna, a seaside resort city on the coast of the Black Sea about 10 this evening. It’s been a long day. We made a slight detour to talk with Margarita Todorova, the only ordained woman pastor and the national women's leader in Bulgaria. Quite a different feeling after that conversation than after our conversations with Svetlana in Slovakia.
We drove past small houses with gardens as we left Sofia – then huge fields tilled and ready for planting – then through mountains probably like our Blue Ridge Mountains in Eastern US – on to more fields some covered in yellow blooming rapeseed. Everywhere we saw wild lilacs in abundance.
We are staying in a two-bedroom apartment in the Varna UMC – 6th floor with a tiny elevator to get us here, which beats Svetlana’s flat in Velke Kapusany, up four floors, or the hotel in Sofia, up four floors, both with no elevators.
Our 29-year-old driver speaks excellent English. He attends seminary at the Sofia University, with Orthodox priests as the teachers. His United Methodist education is provided by the pastors of the UMC in Bulgaria.