Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Excerpts from Bulgaria

"You'll be pleased to know that I'm currently one of the most popular people in Bulgaria, as everywhere I go people shout to me, 'My friend!' and offer me deals on everything from taxi rides to black market designer goods and from matroshka dolls to human organs (probably).  The black market is one of my favourite places.  There is absolutely nothing I want, but when I walk by pushy sales people start throwing clothes at me and offering deals.  One guy showed me a half-button down t-shirt with 'Dolce & Gabbana' in huge letters across the chest.  It was possibly the ugliest shirt in Bulgaria and the fact that a shirt like that exists made me uncomfortable.  He said that I could have it for free and I kept resisting and saying I didn't have room in my backpack.  As he screamed, 'Gratis! Gratis! You're crazy!' I wanted to say, 'Look, I don't know how else to put this to you: when someone says that shirt is so ugly you couldn't give it away, they are being quite serious.'"

-my brother Rory


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