It was a bright and colorful weekend in the countryside, also-hot! The heat is still going strong here in Bulgaria. Francie napped in her homemade hammock and together we swayed under a canopy of grapevines to the soft buzzing of bees. We stuffed ourselves with fried fish, peppers, and potato salad. As the sun was setting over the mountains, we took a walk around the village and happened upon 3 tiny kittens digging through garbage for scraps. I rushed home for a piece of leftover fish and as I was tossing pieces to one of the kitties, Martin got a little too close for her liking and she let him know. We spent the next 2 hours debating whether he needed to seek some medical attention in case the cat had any diseases. At 10pm we drove off into the darkness of the countryside to find the emergency clinic in Septemvri. It was just the kind of adventure I love, something unexpected and out of the ordinary and at the same time, not really much of an adventure at all. I suppose it's all part of being a stranger in a strange land. All was well with Martincho, nothing to worry about they said. On Sunday we cut down bunches of grapes for rakia and I got a taste of the hard work that comes with village life. Although I'm ready for these days of 90 degree heat to be over, I know come January I'll be cursing the cold and cloudy days that will seem unending. So for now, we enjoy the sun.