Spa Hotel Dvoretsa
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... and penned a few notes re the book.
'Of all the gin joints...' What would be the chances the group dinner would be in the same restaurant? With perhaps 80 in town? Esa and Daniela walk past me, sheep in tow. Mr Posh Nosh for some reason came over and mentioned my failed 'avoidance scheme'. Declined two offers to sit with the group [I was almost done my meal and had lots to do on the blog yet]. Back after 2030, finishing up c 2145. Sacked out by 2245.
10 of us jumped into two private buses this morning with our driver, Jorgi again, to drive up the nearby ski resort of Mt Vihen, at around 2500 metres. Our guide, Kraski, was a local ski instructor. He had won three bronze and one silver in the Bulgarian downhill and slalom so a pretty fit character. He took us for a half an hour walk up the hillside to a lake, through the snow.
We thought it was going to be a ...
... to get the off-season tourists into their venues by thrusting brochures into our hands and offering us vast discounts, free coffee and their first born children.
Steve had an appointment with the Dancing Bear Sanctuary at 1.30 so the two of us finally found a nice looking restaurant, lured in by a charming Siberian maître de with good English. We ordered a salad and 2 chicken skewers at 1 pm, thinking naively this would take around 10 - 15 minutes ...
... Steve's Mum would have been in heaven as she is a big fan of donkeys and one kindly local offered one of the girls, Al, a ride on one. Al politely declined. All of the locals smiled and waved at 13 tourists strolling down their main street, it was really quite charming. I'm not sure if this would happen in other parts of the world but clearly our groups bring a bit of money to the village and the locals seem to embrace it.
Interesting tradition we ...
... really boarded I these conditions before and it was quite an experience. The afternoons became way too slushy though so our best work was in the morning.
Can not recommend Pamporovo and the apartments and lessons we had enough.