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... 90) for a half litre of good Bulgarian hops, that's a bargain in any man's language!
So the 13 of us hunkered down for an hour and swapped stories of Game of Thrones and drank some local brewskis. We had a couple of the locals stop by and yell some things in Bulgarian at us. None of the townsfolk appear to speak English so everything's done in sign language or smiles. It was all good fun and, as mentioned, the locals seem to get a kick out of having us around. ...
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.
Sapareva Banya allows for recreational and therapeutic swimming. It's the Kneipp kind of change between quite hot and icing cold. On weekends it can get quite crowded because it's on easy driving distance from Sofia.
Sapareva Banya also has a big open-air fountain of thermal water.
Local food is very ...
The Rila forest has something farytale-like to it. Humidity even supports this image, you smell the wood rotting, mushrooms growing.
Magnolia Hotel is a nice place to stay. They kindly accepted us to check-in again after our failed attempt to cross the ...
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