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... Gurko Street and the main street, taking photos with Dave's camera as we went. We also walked past my workplace, where I discovered a Christmas card to myself from Dave's parents in the postbox by the door. :-)
Unfortunately Dave dropped his camera's lens cap at the fortress, losing it for ever just after he'd taken some pictures of me standing on the Execution Rock. This rock overhangs the side of the ...
On Christmas Eve morning Dave and I walked to the fruit & vegetable market and the supermarket below it. The stalls had a heavy emphasis on what is in season - they were filled with squashes, swedes, beets, onions, potatoes, cabbages, nuts and apples - but they also had some presumably imported oranges, mandarins and other fruits. I looked for brussel sprouts without any luck. There were also some stalls filled with loose dried fruits, such as apricots and figs, as well ...
Breakfast at Hostel Mostel was very good - Bulgarian yoghurt ('kiselo mlyako'), Bulgarian feta cheese ('cirene'), boiled eggs, olives, salad items, scrambled eggs, sliced apple, sliced kiwi fruit, waffles, jam, chocolate spread, cereal, milk, juice, tea and coffee. After filling ourselves up we had a game of pool on the free pool table, packed up our stuff and got them to order a taxi to the main bus station for us.
The time was now about 9.45 ...
Today I went on a walk to a place I see every day on my way to and from work; the Monument to the Assen Dynasty, which is on a hill surrounded on three sides by the River Yantra.
On the walk over the bridge to get there I noticed something one of my students had told me about the week before; padlocks locked to the bridge railings. On each padlock was engraved or scratched two people's initials. Apparently, couples come here with an engraved/ scratched padlock, lock it to ...
... of life and economy of the region during the Bulgarian National Revival period, and so most of the buildings are Revival-style houses with craftsman workshops attached. Among the crafts that impressed me the most were the creation of various objects (clocks, jewelry boxes, bags) from dried corn husks, and the coppersmith craft -the Turkish coffee sets were gorgeous! We also stopped by the woodcarver's shop, where I bought a collapsible fruit bowl. In the bakery, I had boza - a ...