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Always wanted to try skiing and once I saw cheap flight tickets and accommodation I thought it would be a great time to do it.
So I offered few people to go for 3 days and surprisingly 8 of them joined. Why Bulgaria? As none of us done this before nor we wanted to spend a fortune knowing how expensive it is everywhere else, Bulgaria was choice for budget. Flights were around £80pp return including luggage with Easyjet to Sofia, accommodation £33pp, ...
... and Marc Antony. In 42 BC, the former lost and with it the idea of a Roman republic was part of the history books.
Our first stop was the theatre. The Greeks built theatres at slightly more than 180 degrees. The higher a theatre, the better the acoustics. This one was adopted for amphitheatre use.
There was a group shot at the theatre. Part of me said 'no thanks, you sad sack of Europeans' but now I can ridicule them down the road, recalling their ...
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 ...
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.