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Travel Blogs from Velingrad
10 of us jumped into two private buses this morning with our driver, Jorgi again, to drive up the nearby ski resort of Mt Vihen, at around 2500 metres. Our guide, Kraski, was a local ski instructor. He had won three bronze and one silver in the Bulgarian downhill and slalom so a pretty fit character. He took us for a half an hour walk up the hillside to a lake, through the snow.
We thought it was going to be a ...
... resort around the world - think Wanaka, Queenstown, Banff - just with really bad roads and half finished buildings. Our new hotel was charming, with low doorways, tepid showers and water heaters that gurgle like a baby all throughout the night. Andie took us downtown, a distance of 500 metres, and showed us the main drag. A very pretty place with snow capped mountains and dozens of restaurants all vying for business. A few English-speaking touts were also ...
... they call them here, and encouraged all of us to toss down a shot of the local fire water, Rakia. After getting us in the mood, Baba Yinka and Baba Lina serenaded us with some traditional songs, possibly a local version of "Danny Boy". They next culled a few of us from the herd and took us into the next room and dressed us up in the local clobber. The four of us were then paraded into the main room and taught some fairly basic local dances. The dances were a ...
While we still had some skills from our Christmas lessons we wanted to return to the slopes and go it alone. Conditions weren't very god for our first 3 days but then it cooled down enough to make snow that would settle and then it finally started snowing. J ...
... down a green slope at end of the day, despite not knowing how to turn. So a few falls, slides and bumps we were back at our apartment with aching muscles but all agreed that skiing was our new favourite hobby! A lovely meal and few apris ski drinks and we were in bed at 9.30pm exhausted lol next day up again for more lessons but this time with a new strict instructor who liked to roar at us about our hands lol but this new teaching method made us ...
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- Continental Breakfast
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