The Barmaids Tale

This month we interview Petya Radulova who is well known to all those who frequent “Finnegans” Plaza Salesas, 9, in Madrid.

What brought you to Madrid?
My parents brought me to Madrid. They had been here for 14 years and when I finished up University I came here so that we could all be together. I was living alone in Bulgaria for many years.

How long have you been here?
I am here 10 years, a long time! What do you do? I work in an Irish bar “Finnegans” as a barmaid and I’m responsible for the night shift!

Tell us a little about your work?
My workday is always different, no two days are alike. I arrive at the bar in the afternoon, we show rugby matches, football games, tennis and so on. Many foreigners come here and we all feel like a big family! Some of us have gotten to know each other very well, others, not so much. We spend our afternoons together sharing beer, happiness and a lot of celebration! Of course there are stressful moments but that is normal when it’s busy!

Whats the best part of your day?
The best part of a workday are those moments when you see that you have done a good job and you have made people happy and they feel at home, joking with them, laughing and shots with them haha,when you meet new people with different interests and you can talk to them with all the trust that they always place in you!

What do you like most about Madrid?
The best of Madrid! – the freedom you have here, the possibilities of living well and peacefully, how everything is organized – public transport, roads, parks, the happiness and the people’s ability to be active!

What do you least like about Madrid?
The traffic jams, there are not enough places to park, and the rasism that exists here! What do you do to relax? I don’t have a lot of time to relax, I usually go out with friends, I go to a spa,cinema or I travel!

What can you do in Madrid that you cant do in your hometown?
Theres nothing I can do here that I can’t do in my hometown! There you have to do everything you want to do.

What do you miss about your hometown?
I miss my family, my friends, the air, cold weather, snow. I miss the customs and the way of life of the Bulgarians. I miss the wonderful life that I had there. All everything, because there I feel happy like nowhere in the world, but that’s life!

Whats your resolution for the new year?
My resolution of the new year is to be healthier, more love, more happiness, less aggression in the world, less children with hunger and more and better work for all!

Happy Holidays!!!

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