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... in the highlands to see an awesome alpine lake. It was actually a trudge through the snow, sometimes up to our knees, to a tiny ice-covered body of water at the top called Mt Okoto, or the Eyeball, because it looked....errr...like an eyeball. Even though no one was really clad for the walking conditions, it was a beautiful walk in the mountains, breathing in the fresh air and soaking up the alpine views.
We got ...
This morning Andie had organised the local horse and cart dude to come and pick us up and take us on a Tiki Tour around the village. The cart could only hold 6 at a time so we did it in two rounds. Steve finally had a competitor, with the horse releasing eye watering, noxious gases less than a metre away from Steve's face every 5 minutes or so. Yum! How the driver puts up with it all day long is anyone's guess. Again, lots of cheery waves from the locals and chats to ...
... to the nearby olde worlde tavern for some delicious chicken soup and a massive baked loaf of monastery bread. All the while sitting next to an open log fire, as it was a wee bit chilly in tham thar mountains. Very nice ambience.
We then arrived at the wee village of Gorno Draglishte, pop 1000, and settled into our new hotel. GD is a lovely place and Andie took us on a stroll around the village and showed us where the locals had their fields of vegetables ...
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.
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