|Despite my misgivings Varna hasn't turned out to be too bad, I guess there must be some reason its Bulgaria's most popular destination for tourists and natives alike. Varna is a cosmopolitan hub, and the fastest growing city in Bulgaria.
I took a bus into the heart of the city and wandered into the mammoth onion-domed Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin then down towards the Black Sea, meandering through the 8km long Primorski Park. And stopped for a game of Ten-Pin bowling along the way which was great fun. The nicest bowling alley I have ever seen, not that I have been into one in the last 10 years, and they even provided brand new socks to go with the shoes!
A fellow backpacker had a rather rude introduction to sleeping in dorms with his first night ever in a 6 bed mixed-dorm here in Varna;. He was sleeping on the bottom bunk, opposite me (also on a bottom bunk) and was rudely awoken in the middle of the night by the male sleeping on the bunk above him being engaged in a solitary pursuit of pleasure that was shaking the whole bed. In combination with hearing a boisterous couple in the next room who were also thoroughly enjoying each other's company, it was all a bit much for the poor traveller who has sworn off shared rooms for life.