In June 2009, we inaugurated our Baucafé (german for “construction café”). For more than five years of building up the Europe Center, it served us as a meeting point, evening lounge, movie theater, office, club, bar, dance floor, table soccer hall, team care area for the Summer course… and so much more. Now, with the new EC buildings almost finished, the Baucafé will get a new function – in Bulgaria.
Within two weeks, our friends from Bulgaria under the guidance of Achim and Alexander, who were part of the Baucafé building team in 2009, now dismantled the complex wooden construction – only to drive all the wood to Bulgaria on two huge trucks in order to rebuild it as a meditation hall at the Vinica Retreat Center.
The construction merged modern, light-flooded glass architecture with traditional german half-timbered woodwork filled with a mixture of clay and straw. Very carefully, every single beam was numbered in order to make sure it can be put back together again. Braving weather conditions from thunderstorms and pouring rain for days to sunny 30 degrees, our Bulgarian “Baucafé taskforce” was one thing only: a shining example of joyful effort and unending diligence for the benefit of others.
We have to admit that we are a little bit sentimental about saying goodbye to our Baucafé. However, at the same time, we are very much looking forward to seeing it built up as a gompa very soon and send the best wishes to all EC friends in Bulgaria, may your work and meditation in the new Baugompa benefit countless beings!