Astra Sandanski Hotel
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... the hotel around 1 and you know what that means...nana nap time! So after some serious snoozing, we got up around 2 and wandered around the village of Bansko, heading down some lovely little alleyways and spent the rest of the day just chillling out in local bars and cafés drinking beer and coffee and relaxing and catching up on our photos and blog time.
It was really great to have a nice chill-out day in the ...
... to get the off-season tourists into their venues by thrusting brochures into our hands and offering us vast discounts, free coffee and their first born children.
Steve had an appointment with the Dancing Bear Sanctuary at 1.30 so the two of us finally found a nice looking restaurant, lured in by a charming Siberian maître de with good English. We ordered a salad and 2 chicken skewers at 1 pm, thinking naively this would take around 10 - 15 minutes ...
... anyway. The seats on the trestle tables were all covered in large sheep skins which doubled as cushions. Later a few of us (minus Ivan) went to a Bear sanctuary where all the animals had been rescued from being "dancing bears", which was common in Bulgaria until it was outlawed a decade ago. The bus ride took an hour, the last 10 Km's took 45 mins, the road making Ukrainian roads look like autobahns. At dinner, Vlad got a huge Shashlik which Vlad says was in ...
... to to be in the middle of the dance and blast away, especially at the person at the head of the dance. It is always an open circle with a head and a tail person. After about an hour of dancing, during which more and more people joined in or came to watch, we started a parade back down the hill, following the brass band, doing a simple dance step. I happened to be next to a young boy, maybe 12. We were holding hands and following the band in a line ...
... I think- we're losing track of time. We had a new dance teacher who doesn't speak English. Goran did some interpreting but soon we all could distinguish the words for numbers up to seven and left and right. We were huffing and puffing after some of the dances, but enjoying ourselves tremendously. After lunch, a bunch of us hiked up the hillside. It was a strenuous uphill for over half an hour but ...
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