I have seen him in the same spot between two restaurants on a busy walkway for several months. Now that our temperatures have been below freezing for weeks, I wondered if he would still be out on the sidewalk, selling his wares.
I saw him a few days ago and I wanted to engage him in conversation but he was busy with several people and it was cold on the street so I didn’t stick around. So, this afternoon, I passed him on the way to the coffee shop and decided that I would visit with him on my return.
After enjoying a great cup of Viennese coffee, I packed up my things and walked to meet him. He was selling some DVD’s so I had to wait a few minutes. I walked up and introduced myself to him and he told me his name is Kolya. He stuck out his hand and so we shook. He didn’t have any gloves on and so when we shook, I felt the extreme cold of his hands.
I asked him why he was on the street in such cold (even though I knew the answer). He has a family to take care of and this is one way he can help do such a thing. He shared with me that he has grown accustomed to the cold as he is there day in and day out.
We talked movies a little and I asked him if he had any English language movies. He pulled out a few and told me a little about them. He suggested two movies that I knew little about, but I was feeling the need to buy something from him for his time. So, I purchased the movie, “Planet 51” which I hope to actually watch someday.
By then, I was getting really cold. We chatted for a few more moments and someone else showed up to buy some DVD’s. So I said goodbye but promised to be back. I look forward to visiting with Kolya…