Day 8: Thursday, March 17
The day started gloriously at The Forks – the sun was shining, the geese were bathing, the snow was almost untouched and so white, it was almost blue. It was so serene and quiet, that we felt anything is possible if we just concentrate and plan accordingly.
We later on had lunch in the office together with everyone. And this is not a minor thing – for an outsider, this is a clear, crystal clear sign of a good team spirit. Have to say, we are blessed to have team lunches at home too. After lunch we made a short presentation about Bulgaria and our work followed by a discussion. The multitude of questions we discussed set us thinking in many new directions. Melissa even stayed longer, as she had additional questions. Can’t tell you, how pleasing it is to have people around who care and who are willing to get involved! Bill came up with this great idea of making bi-monthly skype meetings from now on – to keep Canadian colleagues informed, discuss developments and get more Bulgarian colleagues to know Careertrek.
And the evening was great and all full-blown St. Patrick – we went to The King’s Head where it was already crowded in the afternoon. We just faced the very probable possibility of not having a table when Bill and Lasha found an extremely nice group of people who just moved together to sit with other people and left for us a beautiful round table facing the stage. Oh, the stage! Dusk Rhinoes were playing and it was some mad Irish/Scottish/Canadian experience when Iva, Lasha and Mateja danced and singed and cried as loud as conceivably possible about that whiskey in the jar. Mateja is a researcher, working on a study at the M Program at Careertrek and it was great that she and her three friends Renee, Scott and Ryan joined us. The table still fit us all. Or, as we say in Bulgaria, “if the heart is open, space is not important”.