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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- TV Channel One Russia
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... is very dark and seems strangely small for what looks like a giant structure. It was built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and so used candlelight for the longest time, which means that the walls have darkened. There was also a big fire in part of the church in the 50s or 60s, and the damage from that still has not been fixed. It seems small inside because a great deal of the church - the altar, in fact - is behind an iconostasis, and only the clergy are allowed ...
... and congregation were facing away from us, with the priest in a central position facing a table and the congregation standing on two sides, in a semi-circle with an small aisle down the middle. The priest was chanting something that sounded like plainsong. At first we wondered what he was doing, because the table had every-day foods and other objects on it, but then I noticed that he seemed to be splashing holy water over the items so I ...
... would finally be boarding the mythical train to Sofia. Along with an old man, we were the only passengers on the train and it therefore left about ten minutes early, as soon as we had all boarded. It was a cold morning, especially for a man who had arrived from Brisbane via Hong kong and a warm Japan and turkey, but this created a stunning morning mist over the agricultural land of a Bulgaria which was just awaking to Friday morning. The train itself ...
... it's faster. We order via drive-thru because it's faster. We buy frozen pre-cooked meals because it's faster. Could we be any more impatient?? Believe me, I know I'm to blame, as well, but it's just so sad to see how much more carefree life is here! I want that so badly in America, but I know that's just our way of life. I have also decided I want a motorcycle. Obviously, because it's faster. So, there's that for ya, ...
... I was struck with such a lovely strand of homesickness that I grinned for the next hour.
After a particularly pretty train ride through the east of Slovenia I could swear we entered Serbia. And thus I entered another unexpected 'things I have done for the first time’. Having crossed through three countries (Italy, Austria, Slovenia) in one day to get to Slovenia – a first for me – I then managed to do this again but WITHOUT REALISING. I’ll be ...