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... and details of all of the different aspects of it can be found here: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/216
We hung out there for a couple of hours, exploring the grounds and going off on our own for a while. One of the things to check out is the history museum talking about the history of the museum and containing a number of artifacts that were given to the monastery as religious offerings. One of the most interesting items in the ...
... I didn't really care, so I just stared back at them. And then, I guess looking necessarily indifferent, they acknowledged me. Worked like a charm for the rest of my stay. I particularly got along with a cook I met. I told him about the Bulgarian Stare and said it comes off as cold. He replied, "Bulgarians aren't cold, they're angry!" And with my prompting began telling me why he is unhappy with his government. I liked that guy.
... it was time for me to meet up with my friend Ina. On my way there, I walked by the old public mineral bath. Back in the day (think middle ages, before indoor plumbing), people came here to bathe in the warm mineral water that flows from a spring. The inside of the building has yet to be renovated, but the outside of it is gorgeous, in the park in front has been completely redone with new benches and sidewalks, and a big fountain in the middle. I spent the rest of ...
... be completely made out of wood. The entire place is lit by candles. There were candles lining the side of the stairway, all over the bar and the tables, just everywhere. They only use electricity for the coolers. They leave all of the melted candle wax too, which just makes it look amazing. I'm really not doing it any justice, but I didn't get a picture of it.
I will be going back to Sofia at some point. Night train to Bucharest here I come.
... and covers.
Surprisingly they weren't bothered about me taking pictures with such old and religious artefacts.
Then I was able to goto the Mosque for Friday prayers. It was confusing being able to tell who is who as there were many clean shaven white European Balkan muslims here ...