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... Who spoke no English and was a little strange... but as he was wearing a AC/DC shirt so some band conversation was possible. He had a glass of our wine with us, and well as bought us grapes for desert. Owen made another new mate... A little kitten - that started purring every time he was near his foot - good luck with trying to shake that one tomorrow! Campsite Carpark all to ourselves - only the security guard playing ramstien from his PC to deal ...
... points. Out at 1620 for a meander. Got lost soon enough, Dutchie. Should have worn shorts. A bit more walking and back to start the blog and find a venue for dinner. Opted for Dedo Pene [if I could find it]. Set off after 1830. Finding Bulgaria [St] was easy but it was hit or miss about the next two. Turned down one and kept going; voila! Simply stumbed on to it. Had a large Kamenitza draft and the pork knuckles with some bread . Reviewed some of ...
On the way home, Andie declares it's pub crawl time so we pulled into this low ceilinged pub, for want of a better description. It was essentially someone's rather large lounge room, with an open fire in it and a Bulgarian version of Days of our Lives on the TV screen. As far as pubs go, this one had a wide variety of drinks. Well, it had beer. It was room temperature but cheap, straight from the crate on the floor to your table in 3.2 seconds. At 1.20 ...
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.