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From Charles Kingsley's Water Babies, illustrations by Anne Graham Johnstone

According to the superstition, the chimney sweeper brings good luck.

Sofia still has a few chimney sweepers. They clean, vent, and repair chimneys and fireplaces.

I have been very lucky to see one of them on several occasions. In the summertime, this chimney sweeper often visits the Kristal public garden. He wears a battered black coat with tails, a black top-hat, a rod curled around his arm, and the emblematic brush. His clothes are sooty, and his face is wrinkled.

Although he is old, he always reminds me of Anne Grahame Johnstone’s children’s illustrations of Water Babies.

People ask if they could touch him and give him a few coins for good luck.

The Kristal garden is the only place I’ve ever seen a chimney sweeper. It feels me with affection to see that there are lucky chimney sweepers walking around Sofia.

We must be living in a fortunate city.

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