Next bus to Sozopol which was only half an hour away and made it in to Sozopol for the first time looking for people to offer us private accommodation
. We only found 1 guy who took us to his place which was a bit yucky. Cement floors and a dingy little shower toilet combo and 4 single beds which he thought was a perk. We said we would have a think about it so he took us next door to his friends house and it was like the Taj Mahal with all the marble, double bed, TV and also cheaper. We took it. Spent the arvo walking around checking out the place. Had a pizza slice for tea and Greg tried the local tradition of mayo and tom sauce on the top which went down a treat but the mustard was a step too far. Bought drinks at the supermarket to take with us to the outside cinema to watch The Dark Knight with Cyrillic subtitles. I bought a shit load of popcorn and with my 1.25L sprite made for a pretty good meal deal!
Very late start. Greg went for a run but my back was still sore from the great rollerblading accident so instead I walked just about the whole island to find milk and only made it back about 5 mins before Greg. Out and about by early arvo to find some lunch and then hit the beach. Unfortunately it was cloudy and windy and after braving it for an hour I actually got too cold and we headed for home. With all the falls festival stuff to organise we headed out with the lap top to find some good unsecured connection but ended up walking for over an hour all the way up into the new town to the hotels. Greg found out he had received falls festival tickets which was super news
. We had spent so long trying to find net and the hotel guy kept coming out to help people park so we felt a little dodgy and packed it up to go out for tea. Went out to this lovely little touristy restaurant where we bullied the waiter into letting us have a 7 seated table by the window. We had an amazing bottle of pinot noir and we both ordered some sach and shaslic but we didn't go as crazy as in Valiko Taverno. Just after we had finished out meal the band came out and started playing up in the other section and not long after the dancers came out. We thought 'we have to be a part of this' so we told our waiter we were moving and just did as we pleased again. The dancing was amazing and plenty of crown participation including old twinkle toes Hendrick. We ordered another bottle of wine to settle in for the evening but the dancing and music only lasted about a half an hour and then we went back to the keyboard guy and the singer. So we had to sit though a fair bit of them with ¾ of a bottle of wine. Were not sure if they were over staffed but they mostly stood watching and then quickly come over to top up your wine or whisk away the food before Greg was able to clean his plate. Anyway after 2 bottles I was a bit of a drunkie and we enjoyed 2 crepes (one which was so hot it burnt through the plastic holder) on the way home and then needed a few games of shit head before I could go to sleep.
Sleep in (again) and then out to nesbar
. We had ummed and arred about going to Sozopol or nesbar and I think after a l hour bus ride (18 euro return) 2 hours of walking the many many many stalls and markets selling the same stuff and dodging restaurant after restaurant we decided that we had made the right decision. It didn't even feel like people lived there - not like little Sozopol. Made our way back to our town very happy with our little trip and our choices. Went back to the restaurant from the night before to use their internet. I'm not sure if they were excited to see us - I think they were probably thinking "oh no not them again". Bought tickets after some manoeuvring of funds and then I went for a little 20min walk so Greg could get some jobs done and by the time I returned for my go the tea time crowd were beginning to trickle in and we knew our time here was limited. Packed it up and went out for tea where we tried to go another sach but found the pork and chicken to be pretty much the same with a frozen vegetable mix but it was hot and tasty so no big complaints. Tried to listen into the festival band but it was all enclosed with bouncers stopping you looking in the sides so gave it up and listened to it from our room in the old town instead.
Our guy wanted us out by 9:30 (earliest check out time ever) so packed a breakfast needing fruit and yoghurt and headed out to the beach. Lovely and hot so ate some breakfast, sun baked with some reading and then a swim
. I'm afraid to say I went a little bit silly - it being my first swim in a while and I had a whale of a time showing the waves who was boss - although they did get a few good ones in there, especially one where I lost my sunglasses and another which made me think I had lost my top until I remembered that I had come out without it - that being the style of the time. Packed it up and went for a walk to the new town and to the other beach before heading back to our place for a quick shower, a sneaky biscuit and our bags. Said goodbye to our bloke and we hadn't gotten too far down the road when he chased us up and asked for the key back - GREG! Bus to Varna.
Sozopol was just what we were looking for - a small town with plenty of pizzazz and a beach for some last min rays before roughing it in Scandinavia. We had to be at the bus station for the 7:30 bus (ouch) and endure the 'party bus' (non stop techno and dance hits of the 80s and 90s) but it we made it to bourgas nice and early. A little too early as we later found out we got off 1 stop to early and had to catch a taxi into the town bus station and not 'bus station west'. Missed the bus to Sozopol which we would have easily made it to if we hadn't wanted to double check which meant that I had a runny bitter yoghurt drink and Greg had a drink which looked like a iced coffee but ended up tasting like meat pate.