Sadly, our sandy days ended there
. Overnight, the skies opened up with a steady rain and wind which carried on through the following day, marring our plan to do nothing by the sea. With the beach out of the question, we took the opportunity to explore the roughly cobbled backstreets of Sozopol, admiring the old wooden homes and simple way of life as we went along. After playing a bit on the rocky coastline (don’t worry parents, we made sure the rocks weren’t slippery), we decided it was too cold to do much more outside and agreed to return to our hotel. As we strolled back along the boardwalk, something caught our eyes on the horizon of the bay. Closer inspection revealed the frolicking figures were in fact a couple dozen dolphins taking advantage of the poor-weather-induced people-less water, some within 50m of shore. We stood mesmerized for about ten minutes, watching the dolphins feeding and playing, effortlessly leaping through the waves. When it seemed playtime was over and the bay was once again deserted, we shook ourselves back to cold, wet reality and resigned the afternoon to 'movie day’, hiding in our hotel room and watching, among others, ‘The Three Amigos’. A good day despite the rain.
Though we had hoped to spend a few days in Sozopol, we decided to press on after only one. The rain was showing no sign of letting up and while movie days are nice, we aren’t here to hang out in our hotel room. Onward, onward...
No trip to Bulgaria (or Eastern Europe) is complete without a trip to the Black Sea - at least that's what we decided to tell ourselves. After a bit of research and banter with locals, we opted to head for the small beachside town of Sozopol, the oldest settlement on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast (settled 611BC). Once again, our bus ride was uneventful and we stepped off into a beautiful, hot, sunny day, excited to discover we were within blocks of affordable hotels, food markets and the beach. Life is good. We settled on a room to stay and made our way first for some lunch and then to the sandy seaside. The rest of our afternoon was spent in our typical style, enjoying the surf, sand and endless people-watching... the Russian tourists are once again abound! A little football to cap off the day (go Spain!) and we were off to rest up for another difficult day at the beach.