I remember this day pretty well.
It was Saturday, the beginning of September and the weather was not hot nor chilly, just perfect.
I was still amused by my new Bulgarian environment and life's changes.
We all just finished our on-arrival training and went to our favorite city - Plovdiv, to celebrate friend's birthday.
They rent an amazing second story apartment in the city center.
We were 25 volunteers from so many countries, from so many parts of the world, from so many cities even in Bulgaria, but in that day we all were sitting on the stairs near the main Mosque in town, drinking cheapest beer, sharing the experience after the training, talking, laughing, celebrating, simply enjoying the youth and time we had together.
I remember that conversation pretty well.
Two French girls, also volunteers, joined us later in the afternoon. I have already met them one month ago while hiking in the mountains with our common friend. It was almost the end of their EUsolidaritycorps volunteering, as for me it was almost the beginning. We started talking about how different we were before and how we changed during the period of our volunteering. We started talking about the expectations and reality we faced here. We were talking about life-changing experience and the simplicity of life which EUsolidaritycorps gives for this short period of time. In the end they told me – “You will never be the same. Life here is breaking you and making flexible for a new adventure.”
In that moment I realized how happy I was: surrounded by friends, who recently became my new family, able to travel wherever and whenever I want, not worrying about money, job or assignment, the city and weather is so amazing. Oh my God, I am so happy where I am now. So simple.
I went to Bulgaria with my personal goals to achieve but after some time I realized that everything girls said became true: I achieved even more I supposed to and turned myself upside down: I am now opened for any adventures coming, I flexible in so many things and I see the world different it was before. Bulgarian experience is now deep in my heart.
Since two weeks I have been back home. It all seems so unreal for me now: people I met, borders I crossed, places I slept, conversations I had. I am writing this article to remind myself that everything I wish is possible, not to stop dreaming and not to forget magic time I had that weekend.
P.S. These French girls back home only in the end of December, crossed 12 countries in 3 months by hitch hiking on their way from Bulgaria to France.