98 year old dobri dobrev, a man who lost his hearing in the second world war, walks 10 kilometers from his village in his homemade clothes and leather shoes to the city of sofia, where he spends the day begging for money.
though a well known fixture around several of the city’s chruches, known for his prostrations of thanks to all donors, it was only recently discovered that he has donated every penny he has collected — over 40,000 euros — towards the restoration of decaying bulgarian monasteries and churches and the utility bills of orphanages, living instead off his monthly state pension of 80 euros.
Today was the last day of school for me. Today, I met the founder of GenYES, I took my last final in Econ, I did all of my check out items, I got my cap and gown, and my old math teacher that was quite honestly like a father to me said he loved me and that he hoped I had all the tools to succeed, and hugged me with tears in his eyes.
Needless to say, I cried. There was a sense of finality in the air today, and that really made it real.
I graduate next Thursday. I still have to send in my Journalism final, but I am done. I am done with high school.
We had our GenYES banquet tonight. I am no longer Supreme Leader, hahah… The title has been passed on, and I am so excited to see how everything goes in the years to come :) And we had a damn good time, that’s for sure.
It’s crazy how quickly four years can pass when you’re having fun and learning every day.
I really am going to miss you, Paradise Valley. I really am.