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... ghettos, do make attempts to integrate.
Stefan stressed how important it is for him to support the Roma. As a way to encourage the kids to stay in school and study hard so that they can get good jobs, his business partner Lyuba and he sponsor 20 Roma kids every year for a day in Sofia. They're chosen for this based on their grades. They go to a children's opera, McDonald's (a dream for most of the kids) and to a movie. They also get to talk with the ...
... Neville had another haircut - very short but only costing him $7 lev this time.
After leaving Sandanski we visited the little town of Melnik, said to be the smallest town in Bulgaria. There are a lot of small family run wineries in this area and it was a very quaint little cobblestoned village.
We stopped just before the border for the night and caught up with a bit of internet work.
... last 1000 years or so. More about that tomorrow.
We think in our modern era that we have achieved much, however looking back through history we realise that mankind has been very cleaver for thousands of years.
As we leave the Museum we walk the impressive concourse back to the cark park. One of the signs (not sure if it is a communist relic) advises not to stray from the path as the grounds ...
Today we visited a gorgeous, serene monastery in the lush mountains of Bulgaria. It was so nice to be in nature after spending an entire month just in cities. In addition to the great landscape surrounding the monastery, the architecture and decor of the structures was ...
... gas station stop so that the other van could catch up to us.
The tour guide (who was in the other van) walked us into the monastery and gave us a brief history of when and why it was built, before setting us loose.
Rila is surrounded by beautiful mountains, and it's clear why this was selected as a place of meditation. 72 steps up the tower, and I had a great view of the picturesque mountains and the monastery.
In addition to having time to climb ...