PINKIE & THE REFUGEES

-The most dangerous stairs in the world— razor stairs! -I pray every time I use these stairs: “Balance & harmony, focus, presence, faith” while I spend all my time looking for another apartment. Pinkie, being only a cat, was not able to understand. -It’s my dearest wish that my bloodless money grubbing freak• landlady walk down these stairs carrying her son.  *Thank you, Alan Ball -Handsome angelic vet surgeon Dr Kubilay Elginoglu “The bond between you and Pinkie is very strong.” But he breeds cats. –Dr Umit drove me 1 hour to see Pinkie who has lost 1 1/2 kilos &thought I had been eaten by a predator -Sitting in a cafe full of fascinating faces while the image of my poor wounded Pinkie-Boy takes precedence. I don’t get him back for another TEN DAYS. -Draw my peechor, is possible? I am Afghanistan. –3 Refugee guys- David: He didn’t want the drawing. He wanted it to have been drawn. -TriciVenola ©2007

Oh, the saga of Pinkie. He broke his leg on the razorblade stairs and had to be thinned down before surgery. He thought he was abandoned. “Your cat tried to commit suicide,” they said, “he did not move, he did not eat, he did not drink, and he did not use the catbox. He turned his face to the wall… so we called you.” I told Pinkie to be good, and fed and petted him, and his surgery was a success. He has outlived all the other cats. I have him still!

PINKIE IN THE CUP

-“Don’t forget me!” -Big chortle, garland or white cat head….Telling my friend Ahmet Sengör about big fat furry white Pinkie— and looked into my coffee cup to see this! I choose to believe it means my Pinkie will be all right. 5 November 2007 -Note: It’s six years later & Pinkie is still with us, fatter than ever & quite the grande gentleman. 15 June 2013 -And still!! 3 July 2018 -And still! 14 February 2019 -TriciVenola

BAR GIRLS IN PLOVDIV

-TriciVenola ©2007

Time to drop everything and go back in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, for another visa run. Notice that cute dancing pig with ribs.

WANDERING OLDTOWN

-Wandering around Oldtown Plovdiv, Bulgaria -TriciVenola ©2007

Saints and angels amid the lampposts and cobbles. For a town that was behind the Iron Curtain for decades, they sure preserved their churches.

HIGH ANGLES IN PLOVDIV
-High angles in Plovdiv -TriciVenola ©2007
VIRGINIA SMOKING
-Virginia -9 December -TriciVenola ©2007
IN OLDTOWN PLOVDIV
-TriciVenola ©2007

Plovdiv has the most wonderful wooden and stone architecture, left over from Ottoman Turkish merchants, built on Byzantine foundations on even older Greek fortifications. 

CARPET MOTIFS
-TriciVenola 2007
THE NEW LANDLORD
-Huseyin Bey in front of his view -Sultanahmet -November -TriciVenola ©2007

After much search, a new landlord. I loved this apartment and spent a blissful 28 months there before this guy threw me out to make an airbnb. Just in time for construction to ruin his view. But we’ve got the drawings!

I miss you, Virginia.