6 Places I visited in Bulgaria
Hey all,I'm Back!
Some of you may have been wondering where I've been for the last 20 days and why I've fallen off the face of my blog. Well, this blog post pretty much explains my whereabouts. I would have loved to hop on my laptop and share my adventures with you as I go but unfortunately after my clothing steamer burnt to a crisp and my blow dryer electrocuted me, I made it a point not to plug my computer in to the the electrical socket of my grandparents house. My MacBook is going on 7 years and I'de like it to live until 10. Other than that, my 20 long and beautiful days in Bulgaria were very eventful. My immediate family is in the United States but my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents all live in Bulgaria. I hadn't seen them in about 10 years so it was definitely an emotional trip.
Not only did I get to reunited with my family, I also got to explore 6 different cities in Bulgaria - starting with Sunny Beach.
1. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria is located on the coast of the Black Sea. Its known for its warm waters, sand dunes, water sports, and nightlife. Many different Europeans come here for summer because the prices are extremely affordable! My family and I spent a couple of days here - we got to go parasailing and eat at a bunch of different restaurants. I pretty much ate the same thing everywhere I went. I had a Shopska salad, which is similar to the greek salad, and different types of sausages. We also got a fish pedicure. Sounds weird right? There's this toothless turkish fish called the Garra Rufa. We put our feet in the tank, sat back and relaxed while these fish went to town. It was a strange ticklish feeling at first but you got used to it over time. They supposedly eat your dead skin away.
2. Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Veliko Tarnovo was a beautiful city where I got to see the Tsarevets fortress. The fortress was the second Bulgarian Empire's primary fortress which housed royal and patriarchal palaces. I climbed to the top of the fortress (see peace sign pic below to see me at the top lol) and got to eat the best ice-cream while I strolled around the old beautiful city.
3. Old City of Nesebur, Bulgaria
Old City of Nesebur is only a couple miles down from Sunny Beach. This coastline city holds history from 425 BC and went through an Ottoman ruling before it became the province of Burgas. This little town is not only popular for its historic architecture but also for its restaurants that serve home cooked meals.
4. Troyan, Bulgaria
This city was named after the Roman Emperor, Trajan. My visit there was short, but while I was there I got to witness a beautiful baptism at the Troyan Monastery . My mom had the honor of baptizing the child as his Godmother. The old architecture of the monastery is to die for - gold from bottom to top. It's like nothing I have ever seen before.
5. Etara, Bulgaria
Etara is an open-air Ethnographic museum that was proclaimed a national park in 1967. The Museum has kept and preserved the housing and old traditions of the Bulgarian culture since the year 1780. I wish I had gotten more pictures while I was there because all of the beautiful buildings were preserved history of Bulgaria. While we were here we went to a tiny little historic coffee shop where we had to duck our head in order to walk through the door (thats how they built buildings back then to keep warm). You can see below pictures of how they made the coffee in the sand and how thick it looked. The taste was very strong and it felt like you basically had sand in your mouth. Luckily, it wasn't actual sand - just strong coffee grain. We also had old school Bulgaria liquor. We tried all three different flavors - rose, peach, cherry. I can't lie to you and say it was great because it pretty much reminded me of DayQuil! lol
6. Sliven, Bulgaria
I have saved the best for last. Sliven is very special to me because this is where most of my family and relatives live. My mom showed me the hospital I was born in and the coffee shop her and my dad met at. It's a small run down town that needs a lot of work but I still love it. This is where I spent most of my time in Bulgaria catching up with family and spending my days with my amazing grandparents. I have a strong memory of my grandfather when I was leaving Bulgaria at the age of 15. He hugged me goodbye while crying and the image of his blue teary eyes have stuck with me all this time. I'm so happy I got to see them again 10 years later.
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