Travel Blogs from Bankya
We hiked up to Ivan Rila's tomb. Had some time on our own with the ward who introduced us to the tame robins that flew on my hand.
Many Bulgarians come up to this place for religious reasons, leave whishes in the wall, fetch source's water. Interesting to see where the Orthodox Church leaves room for connectedness with nature. I however don't believe that Ivan slept in this cave for 7 years without even preparing himself a mattress.
... No discount when staying many nights though. For booking we needed a native speaker to call (e-mail not found).
Nice walk down to Sapareva Banya, takes a little more than 2 hrs. Walking up to the lift station that brings you to the seven lakes takes 1h20.
... was traveling from his
new home in England to visit his wife and daughters in Iraq. He was
We discussed Saddam Hussein. My driver said he'd been a
good leader for twenty-five years, but very bad for ten. He once killed
three thousand Kurds, including women and children, by picking them out
and shooting them. And he used chemical weapons on a Kurdish village,
killing five thousand, ...
... I met were very friendly. A middle-age lawyer at the fax/phone/internet center told me that things will be great when Bulgaria gains full EU membership on 1.1.2007. An university student that I met at a cafe was concerned about the compatibility issue when Bulgaria gains full membership. I had Bulgarian banitsa - cheese filled pastries - for breakfast in Sofia. There are pizza joints all over the place. The premier site in Sofia is Aleksander Nevski Church. It ...
Hostel Mostel really has it figured out. The organisation of their space is genius. There is a kitchen for cooking, but the brilliance is how they create community. Their breakfasts are good and that brings people to the common room. There are three tables, seating twelve, and then two loveseats for two more. Fellow travellers have an occasion to meet each other. Mostel offers a pasta dinner too, and a free beer. On top of that, they have two computers ...