We took a bus. Saw a park. Walked around. Had espresso. Talked. Laughed. Smiled. A lot.

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on exploring

The last few days have been…well, exhilarating. And as I look back the last few months have been nothing but a crazy mixture of all possible emotions, such as loss, grieve, transformation, adaptation, exploration and a totally new adventure for all three members of our tiny familia. Simply put all of us are doing fine, thanks. It’s just the time and space that have changed for us. Sami is having a blast with his loving grandparents to my complete amazement, as I was expecting him to be throwing fits left and right and not to mention to fully protest once we leave. It’s been ten full days that we haven’t hugged and smooched, but thank goodness for the almighty Skype, so that I can actually see how relaxed and happy he is, even without mommy. As sad as this sometimes makes me feel, I realize that there is nothing better in the whole wide world than the smile of your prodigy. So I take a full breath and remind myself that he is his own person, his own universe and we all are there to support, and sometimes to just sit and watch him develop. I am so sad that we are missing major milestones such as him stringing a whole sentence or just his tender soft and fuzzy skin …Now a whole sea of emotions overwhelms me when I see his cheering face and his constant moving around in front of the web cam.
Enough of that. Already!
Knowing that he is OK we can actually move ahead with other preoccupations such as finding a place to live in here, and all the logistics of moving to a completely new place hardly knowing anyone. Thankfully we found a friend of a friend and he took us in till we find a flat. Such a nice and relaxed guy! Many, many thanks to strangers again! It is so nice to get help like that and hopefully we can pay it all forward one day.
While dealing with institutions we cannot help but explore the city. Because being a real city, it’s everywhere. Should I even dare to compare with Vegas? Little coffee shops, art galleries, parks, cathedrals, book stores, vintage shops, benches where you can just sit and watch the world go by…

I am taking it all in and enjoying every sunny moment we are given…

first impressions

We have just arrived in Manchester 4 days ago and we are completely in love with this vibrant city! I hope this whole fascination lasts at least a year…Today was first day of school and it all becomes quite real, finally. I must have looked aghast when one of the lecturers made a point that in a year we will be completely different people and that it will cost us a year of sleepless nights to become really good at something. Little did she know I just spent my last 2 years transforming myself into someone I never thought I would be, not to mention the sleeplessness. Peace of cake. No one can possibly scare a ‘mother’.

another beginning

Before even realizing it, the quickest 6 weeks ever are almost over and the sand is not even washed away from our feet… This summer has been quite versatile and unbelievably enjoyable. I, of course, expected all of the worst things to fall on us, such as all natural disasters, a sick and grumpy baby, refusing food, sleep and all human necessities which automatically would have unleashed all hell on earth. However some divine circumstances have miraculously occurred and everybody is happy, sleeping and eating well. Stoyan and I did everything, yes, everything from the list that I prepared (who would have thought?!) before coming here to visit all of our favorite spots around Bulgaria. It has been such an active vacation that now we are totally exhausted and in much need of relaxation. Since this will not happen any time soon, I will not even moan about it.
I guess this is my way of sharing my gratitude to all people who contributed.

This coming weekend and probably the whole next week I will be to busy trying British lager and hiding from the rain. Shhh, do not remind me that we have no place to stay…