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Oct 15, 2006 - Yes is no and no is yes

Bulgaria Just when you think things are going to be the same, they wind up being just a bit different. Bulgaria. Man, so far the place is really different. It feels mostly like Russia compared to all the other former Soviet block countries, but has a few other quirky features that really make the place unique. Strangely, the place is nothing like Romania, right next door. I think if we had not gone to Russia prior to this, we'd really find the place strange. For starters, they use the Cyrillic alphabet here, which, as a result of our time...

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Sep 16, 2006 - Veliko Turnovo

After the taxi rip-off in Plovdiv, we were a bit reluctant to take a taxi from the station, but there really wasn't any alternative. This time I made sure I asked the driver how much it was into town. The price was about $2.50 so off we went to find the information office. As soon as we got out of the taxi an old lady swooped on us trying sell her rooms. She had a really annoying high-pitched voice that sound a lot like whinging to me. She seemed reluctant to show us pictures of the rooms, which immediately made me suspicious. Just as we...

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May 29, 2006 - Karlovo

While in Plovdiv, we got a recommendation from a fellow traveller for a restaurant (not so good) and a town to visit for hiking. So off we ventured to Karlovo, 150 km north of Plovdiv, and about a 1000 km off the tourist track. We find our way to the tourist information, and they speak no english, but clearly this is hiking central so we are very pleased. Manage to get a recommendation for a hotel and go look - amazing! Brand new, cheap and they speak Spanish! OK, so it's not english, but at least it's a language we have lot's of practice...

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May 29, 2006 - Veliko Tarnovo

Our last stop in Bulgaria is Veliko Tarnovo, the medieval capital of Bulgaria. On the way, we met a young man on the train whose aspiration is to be Prime Minister. We've never known anyone with that aspiration and wished him great luck. Bulgaria still has a lot of corruption left from the communist days and reigning that in is a significant challenge! But Veloko Tarnovo has some locals that are very proud of their town. In fact, throughout Bulgaria, the locals are intensely proud of their country, or possibly their independance. Bulgaria...

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Oct 27, 2005 - Passing through Veliko Turnovo

After the excitement of Istanbul, we once again boarded a night train and headed towards Bulgaria. The train, of course, was 3 hours late in departing. By now, we should have known that it would be impossible to ever sleep on a night train. It seemed when we were about to fall asleep, we were awaken at the frontier in order to get our exit stamp in our passports. We fell asleep again, then an hour later, of course, we were awakened in order to get our entry stamp into Bulgaria. So, we barely got a wink of sleep before the sun came up...

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Jul 29, 2005 - Veliko Turnovo

A 3 hour bus ride for the princely sum of 10 NZD brought us to the mountain city of Veliko Turnovo the medieval capital of Bulgaria. Nestled in the side of a gorge split by a river snaking its way through the gorge this place is the next to be "discovered" by Europeans keen on finding a cheap place to live. Many real estate windows offer houses starting from Euro 15000. This is one of the more spectacular towns we have struck. Out our bedroom window you could almost throw a stone into the river 100 meters below us. The houses cling to the...

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May 1, 2005 - Veliko Turnovo

Left with a large (7 of us) contingent from Varna Red Flag Hostel - Eric, from Boston, the three of us, and 3 girls from Kiwiville, Kim,Zesty(Zoe),&Lana - walked in the beautiful spring sunshine(after 2 days of cold,rain) the 3 km to the bus station...on at 2 pm, arr. at 5 where the hostel fellows here were waiting to pick us up and drive us up, up, up to their hostel, Hiker's Hostel, owned by 2 Bulgarians but really run by Phil, an Aussie...great breakfasts, nice dorm, only a year old. A bit more $$(20 Lev = $15 US) but with free internet...

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Nov 22, 2004 - Road Trip Bulgaria; Veliko Tarnovo

We push on - another three hour drive to the town of Veliko Tarnovo. On arrival we discover a great pizza restaurant where we endulge in pizza and beer... for about a pound and a half. All good. Awesome ancient fotress sits atop hill almost completely surronded by a meandering river. Stone walkway up to castle gate reminded me of scene from 'LOTR The Two Towers' when the Orcs are mounting their attack on Helms Deep.

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Nils Travels 2004

Jun 6, 2004 - Arbanassi

The village of Arbanasi is situated at 4 km north-east of the medieval Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo. The settlement was founded in the 13th century by prominent Bulgarian boyars. Nowadays Arbanasi is an architectural reserve. The nativity church in Arbanassi whose amazing murals from the 14th and 15h century show the incipient effects of the Italian Renaissance in the Slav world with a Wheel of Fortune which shows the Copernican model of the Universe and with the depiction of Pre-Christian thinkers (like Socrates) with halos in a...

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