“Dear customer! Due to a military emergency, some amount may be charged from your account. Thank you for your understanding and your patriotism!”
We saw such a notice in the application of our Israeli bank Leumi on one of the cold winter nights of the coming December in the apartment in Eden.
“How? Listen, do you think this note is a scam?” – I asked my son.
“I don’t know. Most likely. But …” – he replied.
“In short, get dressed, let’s go …”
We did not hesitate, got dressed and with a quick, athletic step went to the nearest ATM, which was located next to the Varna Free University.
“It is likely that this is a scam and a fake note, but it may well turn out to be “prophetic” – I said.
“Yes, it’s much calmer this way” – added the son when we took the entire balance from the bank card.
“Moreover, we have already been repeatedly warned about this by Avner, or his fake, but the fact is that we did not listen to this.”
“Yes, most likely, that’s why our energetic worlds have resorted to a more effective remedy” – I added and we both laughed.
And Avner, always a balanced, friendly entrepreneur, a diver from Eilat was also always in touch and was always ready to help with practical advice.
And by Christmas and by the beginning of the new 2021, the time of visa-free travel in Bulgaria was coming to an end, and we categorically did not want to go to neighboring countries in such cold weather and on a holiday, except for Turkey, to which it was still too early to return.
We went to the migration bureau in Varna and its boss, a pleasant, benevolent woman, Diana, said to us then seemed strange phrase “Yes, I do not advise you to go to neighboring countries, they are like circles of hell. And now it’s not a problem to extend a tourist visa, you just need a notarized contract for an apartment and insurance. Bring these documents to about the date of December 10″ – continued Diana
Here I cannot but express my gratitude to Julia and Svetlana, whom we met through the Facebook group and who provided us with a notary-certified apartment contract completely disinterestedly!!!
We made all the necessary papers and took them to the Migration Office for the extension of the tourist visa.
“Come for an answer in two weeks” – they told us there.
And while we were standing in line to apply, we met both Diana and Nikolai.
Diana was clearly alarmed by something and she had no time for talking to us, and Nikolai, who always liked to chat, immediately called us back:
“Hello! This is a work phone, it is not tapped, and I want to tell you that unpleasant events have begun to take place here recently.
Some strange people came to my boss Diana’s home yesterday and threatened her, then her relative was kidnapped. What exactly was the matter, she did not even understand. You see, the military was called to investigate this case.”
A group of military men actually stood outside the Migration office.
“Yaron” – I said – “Nikolai likes to invent some kind of incomprehensible stories. I’m tired of it all and I don’t want to hear them anymore. I think we need to be more interested in our own life, right?” – I asked my son.
“Yes, of course. Goodbye, Nikolai. Sorry, we are busy now.” – the son ended the conversation with him.
And Julia, meanwhile, offered to move to the city of Byala, to an apartment in the same house where Svetlana lived.
The price for the apartment, respectively, was two times lower than in Varna. Byala is a very small seaside town or even a village about halfway between Varna, the largest sea city and seaport in the country, and Burgas, the second largest seaside city and port.
We asked Julia for photos of the apartment and she sent them to me by e-mail. We decided to look at them on a laptop before making a decision, and what was our surprise and shock when, after the photos of the apartment, suddenly appeared …
photos of the funeral agency.