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... The Secret Meanings of our Favourite Dishes' by Albert Jack and Kate got me 'King Harald's Saga'. I will keep all of these with me in Bulgaria to read after Christmas, rather than take them back to the UK on Saturday!
Before we had tea we played a game of Mapominoes, a game Mum gave us. As the name indicates, it's very similar to dominoes, but each card is a European country and you can only put one country next ...
... nuts, jars of preserved peppers and tomatoes, bagged dried herbs, dried peppers, jars of honey and last of all, slabs of raw, white animal fat. Near the entrance to the market some women were selling bare branches of a certain type of tree, that I think I mentioned I saw sold in Sofia, along with branches of fir.
After stocking up on Christmas food at the supermarket below, we dumped the stuff at the flat and had a rest before going out again for lunch and some ...
... soon as we arrived I bought tickets to Veliko Tarnovo, though not as easily as I'd expected. The company I wanted to use, ETAP, had no spaces left on any bus until 2pm, so I checked another company option instead, seeing from their timetable that their next bus to VT was at 11.30 am. They professed to have no tickets whatsoever for any bus to VT, however, so I had to go back to the ETAP desk and buy the 2pm tickets after all.
So a long wait ...
... into once I arrive at work.
For the last couple of weeks it's been very misty every morning; this morning is no exception. Sometimes the mist is so heavy I can't even see the hill directly opposite my windows, or the River Yantra, or Tsarevets Fortress on the hill on my right hand side. Everything beyond the road running above the Yantra but below my windows is completely blanked out. Sometimes most of the Fortress is shrouded in mist, with only ...
... the khan can put a wax stamp on official scrolls.
Veliko Tarnovo translates into Great Tarnovo. It is obvious to me while the rulers of the Second Bulgaria Empire made this town their stronghold, and why this place was one of the centers of Bulgarian resistance during the Revival period. There is so much history here, and it doesn't take much of a leap of the imagination to imagine life here in Great Tarnovo hundreds of years ago.