June 26. A real Sunday

Written by Jack van Ommen on June 26th, 2011

I made it this time to the Roman Catholic mass in Swishtov, Bulgaria. Last Sunday the ferry for some unexplained reason left 45 minutes befor the 9 o’clock departure. It is a small church with about 150 seats. It was 75% attended. The priest was obviously not Bulgarian, I believe Italian, and all was in Bulgarian except a few sung Latin responses. There were two sisters, I believe Sisters of Charity or possibly Dominicans.  I was able to go to communion for the first time since Amsterdam, 2 months ago.

I stopped at the boat first before I took the 9 a.m. ferry and since I had the camera with me I took the below pictures. As soon as I have the name and registration numbers added I will send those pictures. Now I have come up with a new excuse for this color. It is Yemeni/Somalian pirate proof. They will immediately turn away and assume that I am an amphibious Desert Storm vehicle.

I bought the kilo of Apricots for $ 1.00 from these two sister, in the picture below. The oldest spoke some Spanish and set me down to find out what I was doing in Bulgaria.

It has cooled off since Friday night. Last night there was another big party. At 1.30 in the morning 4 or 5 young men mistakenly walked into my cabin, talking loud and their smoke hang around after I pushed them out. I’ll keep it locked.

 

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