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Always wanted to try skiing and once I saw cheap flight tickets and accommodation I thought it would be a great time to do it.
So I offered few people to go for 3 days and surprisingly 8 of them joined. Why Bulgaria? As none of us done this before nor we wanted to spend a fortune knowing how expensive it is everywhere else, Bulgaria was choice for budget. Flights were around £80pp return including luggage with Easyjet to Sofia, accommodation £33pp, ...
... our walk about. Death Notices. Not placed in the local paper as we do, but rather, printed A4 sheets of paper, laminated and pinned on buildings all about the town. Sometimes with a black bow. We understand that these notices can stay up for years.
The mother of our landlady had died since the last time our guide, Andie, was passing through here, and although she knew about it, she was quite moved when we came across her notice on a bus stop wall, as we walked about ...
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.
We tried to venture over from the lift station to Ivan Vazov Hut. We knew that the hut is open and we had food for self-supply with us. There was quite some new snow lately unfortunately after a snow-meagre winter. Later the day bad weather came in that was forecasted to sustain for the following days. All in all reasons for us to buy a ticket on the lift down again and postpone the Rila mountain crossing to a later date.
... Intense vegetables, well bbq-ed but generally the dishes are heavy on meat.
I imagine the Rila forests take long to grow. They have quite some misty microclimate that sometimes allows huge algae-like moss to grow from the branches. Hiker's trails are badly signed though, somteimes it's not easy to navigate.