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Our first stop is Nessebar, a quiet little port in Bulgaria. The seaside town is a mix of old and new. On one side of the harbor we see modern hotels and, on the other, there are remnants of buildings from the Roman period. We walk thru the older section with its quaint shops and rough cobblestone streets. It's a little warm and humid out, so we walk down and dip our feet in the cool Black Sea. We stay in town until 1:00 and then head back ...
... a P=R for instance) it becomes easier to read the road signs.
*Again we choose to drive a rural route in a South East direction. The countryside is undulating and fertile – we still see acres of sunflowers, but now also some wheat
cultivation and vineyards. We pass through villages and notice how many empty houses
seem to have been left to deteriorate. An indication perhaps that younger
generations have left for bigger towns & ...
Highlights that come to mind are Jamie's pants being blown off the line during the night. Then in the morning heading out to the market to buy a fishing rod to reel them back in and succeeding!
Going on a dodgy banana boat for the first time and finding ourselves surrounded by jellyfish while we fought to hold on for dear life.
Managing to haggle when drunk for one piece of Donner meat
Managing to balance on someones ...
... and while seeing where they get all their rice from (didn't realize they grew rice in Turkey) Annie whisked us north without a stop.
We reached the border at 12.30 and were a bit shocked. Bulgaria only has two borders with Turkey and if this is one God knows what the other is like. To say it was small would be an understatement. While we were there only two other cars went north and only half a ...
Today the Christmas box team took the highway East 250 miles to Burgas to begin our distributions. On the way, we stopped to see our old friend Marianna Dimitrova, who is an ex-pupil of Lipnitsa Orphanage/School. The Trussell Trust worked together with Mr Petkov, Lipnitsa's headteacher, to help Marianna escape an abusive family situation. It's really good to see her with a family of her own now and working in her village ...