Stefan hosted me through Couchsurfing in his apartment in the Nadezhda district of Sofia for a few days in June 2011. The district consisted of block buildings typical of the communist era urban developments. Unlike some other people I had spoken to, he was not critical of those housing projects. He saw the advantages they had in providing affordable housing for many people. We had corresponded before I arrived in Bulgaria. He was a gracious host who helped me learn much about the daily life by walking with me through ordinary places outside the touristic paths. His shared his story with me reluctantly, and I’m very grateful that he did. Without his voice, this panorama would have a big hole in it.