Day 6: Sofia, Bulgaria
As I already mentioned, we ended up sleeping until 10:30 AM Friday morning. I can’t name one other time in my entire life that I slept until 10:30, but in this particular situation, it was much needed and much appreciated.
We knew that Friday was, in essence, a “chill and take-in-the-sights” day. We only had one adoption-related activity scheduled at 1:30 PM which included meeting with Vesta to give them Isus’s new legal name, and to have our documents notarized to begin the legal process of making him our son. We decided that since we would need to get out for lunch anyway, that we would walk farther into the city through some parks. Many of them were under construction, but they will be so beautiful when they are finished.
In some ways walking through the city is like walking through any city in the US…..many of the same sights and activities. McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Dunkin’ Donuts, ect. We walked across a large pedestrian bridge, past an art gallery, a Hilton hotel, and a quiet park. As it began to drizzle, we headed back towards our apartment and grabbed a Bulgarian cheeseburger from a street vendor, then stopped in a nearby pastry shop for a some tarts we had been eyeing earlier in the week.
After returning to the apartment, we waited for Rosi, a VESTA employee to call and meet us on the street to have our paperwork notarized. It was at this time that we confirmed what Zoosy’s new name will be. (More on that later.)
The remainder of the afternoon we packed up all our belongings, and enjoyed a few more quiet moments in the apartment. We enjoyed sitting and watching an elderly woman slowly and peacefully tend to her flowers, then we Skyped with the kids from Bulgaria one last time.
Around 5:00, we went back to the pedestrian street to shop for some gifts, then met at 6:30 for the daily Free Sofia Tour (a 2.5 hour walking tour of the city). While the tour typically has 15-20 people per tour, almost 40 people showed up on this particular evening to learn about Sofia’s history. Here are just a few of the beautiful sights from our son’s birth country:
(I’ve almost made it through the posts of each day of our trip…..just one more:
travelling home, adoption friends, and our son’s new name.)