Waking the family in Stralja!

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So, after Jeravna we stopped by Gradets again and visited some friends of my grandmothers for about an hour, and by 11 pm we reached the village of Stralja...which is more like a small city now.

After getting lost...mind you....we come from Miami, a gigantic, confusing, really BIG city....my grandmother was finally able to figure out where her brothers house was and we set out to wake them up! :-)

After my grandmother basically broke into the yard, she went onto knocking on doors and windows of her brothers house until the lights turned on and two very sleepy people came out. Tears, hugs, and laughs later, they then set out to wake up the rest of the family and have them come to the house right away. My uncle (the POLICEMAN :-) and his family joined us and they set the table on the balcony for a late dinner and achohol.

The family together again!
We tried to tell them that we can do all that in the morning, and that they need their rest....as they are farmers, and were awake from probably around 4-5 am and will probably need to wake up at the same time the next day....but they were insistent, and let us know that tomorrow they will give themselves the day off.

After everyone arrived, and the table was set....we sat for about 2 hours talking and laughing and just having a good old time. Trading stories and catching up. My grandmother gave everyone their gifts that she bought int he US a couple of months ago. My grandfather (her brother...dont know how to call him exactly...great uncle?) he received a really neat flashlight for when he goes to check on the livestock in the night.

PAYBACK!
..and decided he must try it out right away and gave me a tour of the yard. He has about 4 goats, lots of chickens, a beautiful white horse, a cute doggie, a kitten, and turkeys...he used to have a couple of pigs...but I think they ate them all :-).

Eventually my uncle Mitko and his family left, and everyone headed to bed, My mom and I stayed up and talked until about 5 am about various things about life, the univers, and "the way the world turns" :-) A talk we havent had in years as Im never at home long enough to even start the conversation, and we are never alone. There were tears, and laughter, and sorry's and love yous and etc etc etc.....and emotional loving talk between mother and daughter...a truly amazing moment for the both of us.

From there we both went to bed with red noses.

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The family together again!
The family together again!
PAYBACK!
PAYBACK!
My cousin Plamena and her hunting …
My cousin Plamena and her hunting…
Turkeys - evil little creatures
Turkeys - evil little creatures
The goats! The one ont he left got…
The goats! The one ont he left go…
Me and the kittie :-)
Me and the kittie :-)
Horsie and my great uncle...I thin…
Horsie and my great uncle...I thi…
Morning at the house
Morning at the house
The Stralja Farmersmarket
The Stralja Farmersmarket
This mad demanded that I buy a chi…
This mad demanded that I buy a ch…
An old lady sitting...waiting...th…
An old lady sitting...waiting...t…
A gypsies horse
A gypsies horse
Just a crazy lookin door
Just a crazy lookin door
he was very illusive...he kept tur…
he was very illusive...he kept tu…
A gypsy in a horse carriage....it …
A gypsy in a horse carriage....it…
Lots of gypsies in Stralja...
Lots of gypsies in Stralja...
An awesome building in Stralja...
An awesome building in Stralja...
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:-)
And more gypsies!
And more gypsies!
Junk at the market...I so badly wa…
Junk at the market...I so badly w…
A donkey in the shade
A donkey in the shade
The bikeshop
The bikeshop
Roma children in a horse carriage
Roma children in a horse carriage
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:-)
More chickens
More chickens
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:-)
best transport in Stralja
best transport in Stralja
Choice of transport
Choice of transport
You can tell a Roma horse by the r…
You can tell a Roma horse by the …
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:-)
My grandmothers brother died in ba…
My grandmothers brother died in b…
Still a stronghold in this town
Still a stronghold in this town
My uncles special talent :-)
My uncles special talent :-)
THE MASTER
THE MASTER
The kitties playing
The kitties playing
isnt she adorable! Infested with f…
isnt she adorable! Infested with …
in the Mitkos office...
in the Mitkos office...
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Serious police business....
Serious police business....
My cousin Panaiot coming to visit …
My cousin Panaiot coming to visit…
The beautiful yard
The beautiful yard
My great uncle is miticulous (spel…
My great uncle is miticulous (spe…
everything has its place
everything has its place
The family of my other great uncle
The family of my other great uncle
My grandmother has 6 brothers :-)
My grandmother has 6 brothers :-)
THE POLICE HAS ARRIVED! RUNNNNNN!!…
THE POLICE HAS ARRIVED! RUNNNNNN!…
Another absolutely ADORABLE kittie
Another absolutely ADORABLE kittie
Playing with the kitten
Playing with the kitten
He just melted in my arms....:-)
He just melted in my arms....:-)
Classic
Classic
My cousin and her kitten
My cousin and her kitten
Isnt she just gorgeous!
Isnt she just gorgeous!
They said I looked like a Kopanark…
They said I looked like a Kopanar…
My mom feeding me :-)
My mom feeding me :-)
Stralja
photo by: boriana84