Sunday, July 7, 2013

Youth Conference/Village

 Youth Conference for Turkey was in May. Youth Conference was last week for Bulgaria. Both groups had a great time. We took the youth on a hike up to a waterfall on Friday afternoon they loved it. The YW learned how to skip rocks (most of them anyway) and thought that was awesome.
We are so blessed to have Wayne and Randi in Bulgaria with us. They are the CES couple for the country.  They always have the YSA and Youth Conference's planned out and ready to go. Not sure what we would do without them. Thanks Wayne and Randi for coming to Bulgaria and putting up with US:)

BOYS what more can I say?
 We were in a small village outside of Karlovo (карлово). I love the small villages over here, I could so live here. Life would be so much simpler. I loved the village, I loved the people from the village, I love their friendliness and their curiosity as we were doing a service project.

I have so many favorite things over here, but one of them is the carts, I LOVE THE CARTS!!!!
Life would shut down over here without them, they use them for everything.  I have noticed that the Bulgarians generally pull their carts with donkey's and the Roma use horses, not always, but most of the time. The land is so fertile, grass grows all over, they just tie the donkeys and the horses to a stake somewhere in town or on the hillside and let them eat,  lots cheaper than buying hay I suppose.

YES I did it!  I got my picture taken in a cart. Silly goal, but that was my goal before I left Bulgaria! It helps when you're with the youth that speak Bulgarian and can ask the driver to stop.  What a nice man, I'm pretty sure he thought I was crazy, but, he just smiled!

 The land like I said is so fertile. Wild flowers grow everywhere, this country really is so beautiful. There are bright and vibrant colors everywhere you look. The country side is like a hugh flower basket full of every color you could think of.

In the summer the country is a blanket of yellow as far as the eye can see. The sunflowers add to the beauty of this amazing country.