We have become the “friendship family” for a freshman from Bulgaria as a part of a program at one of our local colleges. We took a little road trip with him this weekend up the Columbia River to Wenatchee, Washington. Do you know how exciting it is to look with fresh eyes at wheat fields, desert scrub lands, orchards, rivers, vineyards, mountains and dams? Listening to a well educated but teenage take on Europe, Bulgaria and America illuminates a whole new way of seeing the world. And that world is getting closer by the day. It turned out that one of his high school teachers from his international school in Sofia now lives in Wenatchee, so it turned out to be something of a reunion for them as well. How about that?