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Travel Blogs from Sandanski
10 of us jumped into two private buses this morning with our driver, Jorgi again, to drive up the nearby ski resort of Mt Vihen, at around 2500 metres. Our guide, Kraski, was a local ski instructor. He had won three bronze and one silver in the Bulgarian downhill and slalom so a pretty fit character. He took us for a half an hour walk up the hillside to a lake, through the snow.
We thought it was going to be a ...
... would train these poor bears in this Pavlovian way. Some bears were blind, as they plied them with alcohol to get them to perform better. They would put a nail through their very sensitive nose and lead them along or jerk them to get a reaction. They also had their claws removed. Pretty horrific stuff
This sanctuary had been set up by the Brigitte Bardot foundation back in 2000 and there is no entry fee, so definitely a worthy cause. It costs around $7.50 ...
... Steve's Mum would have been in heaven as she is a big fan of donkeys and one kindly local offered one of the girls, Al, a ride on one. Al politely declined. All of the locals smiled and waved at 13 tourists strolling down their main street, it was really quite charming. I'm not sure if this would happen in other parts of the world but clearly our groups bring a bit of money to the village and the locals seem to embrace it.
Interesting tradition we ...
... colorful balconies, huge courtyard and Bulgaria's grandest monastery church. It is 22Ks east of Rila and deep in the forests of the Rila Mountains. The scenery was beautiful and with the autumn colours it was picture postcard stuff. Then on the way home from the monastery we stopped at Stob to view its pyramids of natural rock / sandstone formations. Then today we drove to Panichishte. Our plan was to catch the Pionerska chair lift up the Rila Mountains so we could ...
... that there was pussy everywhere. We were surrounded by *******. They rubbed against our legs, and meowed at us but they didn't get what they wanted. It was a very relaxing day in the square, drinking some very nice local beer, playing monopoly deal...and playing with all our *******. We had dinner at this great beer garden where shags abounded yet again, and we were still surrounded by ravenous *******, then it was more wine back at the guesthouse because, ...
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