Travel Blogs from Bankya
Rila Monastery is worth every superlative I can muster!
The journey there was a smooth one through the mountains south of Sofia. We went in a minibus organised by our hostel; a group of young Japanese guys were with us. We had eaten a large breakfast, and on the journey we shared a very large sweet bun, so we didn't need any more food until we'd got back to Sofia.
Originally we were going to be visiting a special cave which lies beyond the monastery first, ...
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.
... the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia while it was summer.
Georgia was 2000 miles away. An hour into my trip, I was
pleased to meet two Slovakian hitchhikers with the same destination. My
drivers at this time - a Catholic couple from Slovakia's large
Hungarian minority - asked if I wouldn't mind them squeezing in next to
me. "Get lost!" I told them, as I ate the fried chicken sandwich and
watermelon my ...
... sticks to a pyromaniac...Due to the poor service we believe the staff in the station had been utilizing the bar a lot that day......Since we put "Sweden to Nepal" in writing on the motorbike we have had many smiles and questions like: - "Are REALLY going to Nepal". We still think we are thus we are now to days behind the planned schedule....It's time to gear up! ...
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 ...