Hotel Yastrebets Wellness & Spa
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This morning, after using the wi-fi till after lunch, we finally headed off towards Veliko Tarnovo (a little town in the Lonely Planet that looks worth visiting). On our way Logan spotted a sort of army vehicle grave-yard. So of course we pulled over and he got out to excitedly investigate. He took heaps of photos, I'll only ...
Today the team spilt into two as there was a lot to get done. The big van went far north to visit Vratsa orphanage, Boychinovtsi Juvenile Prison and pass some boxes to Mick Cooper of Phoenix Inspire. The small van trod more familiar territory visiting orphanages in the Botevgrad area.
Actually the first stop was an old folks home that has only been open ...
... already. The lady of the hotel was probably also a relic from the socialist times, but once the price negotiations were done, she showed her soft side inside her hard shell.
If you're wondering about the many mountains, all with different names: we cannot tell one from the other on sight, but apparently geologically they are different. However, they come together in a '3-mountains-point'.
The next day, a Tuesday, we rounded these Rila mountains. ...
... many kids over the years (230+ children have died in Bulgarian orphanages in the last 10 years, most simply from neglect). The buzz word now is "de-institutionalisation" which simply means orphanage closures and a shift to an adoption/foster care system. How the authorities plan to reduce child abandonment rates is not known but it seems that it is hoped that by having nowehere for kids to go families will have to keep them ...
... hot and bothered this afternoon. Alice was very glad to see them as they had brought her luggage from the airport after yesterdays mix up. Thanks to Niki Z for saving the day! Simon, Myfanwy and Georgie Foster are visiting for a couple of days and as I type are camping out in the back garden with the cicadas and the local stray dogs- both are very loud at night despite Rich's best efforts to get rid of ...