August
13th
2010

7000 Kilometre Photo


7000 kilometre photo

Somehow we have clocked up another 1000 making our distance to date a huge 7000 km before we’ve even left the Balkans. The 7000 kilometre photo was taken shortly after we left a hilltop free camp spot near Radyuvene in Bulgaria. The road directly behind me is in surprisingly good condition, considering most roads we have ridden on in this country have required serious pothole avoidance tactics. – Posted by Emma

August
14th
2010

Bulgarian Backwaters


Bulgarian backwaters

As we passed through the empty border crossing into Bulgaria I wondered what the nurse wearing hospital scrubs was there for. Maybe she was a vet checking incoming livestock, or perhaps Bulgaria was afraid of some kind of zombie flesh eating disease from Serbia? However she left us alone and after our customary request for a stamp in our passports we were in the sleepy border town of Bregovo searching for a cash machine, a map, some cheese and a shady place for lunch. – Posted by Justin

August
18th
2010

Day Of Food – Bulgaria


Day of food - Bulgaria

Bulgaria confounded us a bit on the food front: we struggled to find fresh bread shops like those we had been accustomed to in the rest of the Balkans and fresh fruit and vegetables weren’t on shop shelves where we expected to see them. At the end of this day of food we decided to treat ourselves to a stay at the posh Hotel Bulgaria in Minerali Bani. – Posted by Emma

August
21st
2010

Learning Bulgarian Phrases


Learning Bulgarian phrases

With old castle ruins towering over it, Lovech was the halfway point in our path across Bulgaria. Its a sleepy little town with just a few ‘tourist attractions’ and we feel immediately at home. Our hotel room is huge, and so reasonably priced we can afford dinner at the restaurant below us. We amble along the river and up to the castle at sunset, marvelling at the lack of tourists here compared to hilltop towns in Italy.. – Posted by Emma

August
21st
2010

Bulgaria By Numbers


Bulgaria by numbers

The north of Bulgaria was wide empty countryside and quiet back roads. As we followed the Danube east the fields became filled with endless rows of drooping sunflowers past their prime. The friendliness of the local people amazed us as every day someone gave us food and drink and we were even welcomed into homes. Bulgaria will always be special as we now have an always waiting home for us in the tiny village of Malak Izvor with Sabrina and Sabatine. – Posted by Justin