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Mar 17, 2008 - Plovdiv and Krichim, Bulgaria

Tim & Andy did their Peace Corps service in Bugaria, so they were quite excited to be "home". They know Bulgarian, they understand the people, they know the transportation systems...and they know how to order the best food! We stayed with Andy's host mother Sunai in Krichim and had such a lovely visit with her. As soon as we arrived, she insisted on "reading our coffee grinds". I guess this is a gypsy skill, I'm not quite sure how she learned how to do it, but it was pretty amazing! She told me so much about my current life, but also gave...

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Aug 15, 2007 - More bits of Bulgaria

There was no sign of Rupert on Friday morning, so we assumed he'd caught the early flight as planned. Ruth and I, having exhausted most of the delights of central Sofia, opted to venture further afield and, after a slight detour to see the Banya Bahi mosque, settled on Mt Vitosha, just south of the city. A tram and a bus took us to the foot of the mountain, then a cable car gave us a rather shaky ride some of the way up it. The route to the top wasn't particularly clearly marked, so we went with our best guess; meeting a Hungarian family on...

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Roving Mike

Nov 5, 2006 - Adventures in Contraband

So....traveling on the train from Nis to Sofija, the 1310 destined for a 1740 arrival. But stuff happens... From my little black notebook, recorded live in transit: "Well this is weird - stuck for two hours on the Serbian and then Bulgarian borders with a train full of Roma...they taped cigarettes to their legs, stuffed them in their underwear, hid them in the fire extinguisher compartment...asked me to hide them in my bag. The Serbs held us for a long time, then the Bulgarians basically took the train apart, unscrewing crates, poking steel...

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Oct 20, 2006 - Towards the Bosphorus

Super Plovdiv! Or that is what the Lonely Planet says in its opening lines about the place. Bulgaria's second city is certainly nice, but super might be a small overstatement. The city of about 300,000 is a collection of history's conquerors, architecturally demonstrating the various periods of foreign rule. There are ruins from the ancient Thracians that go as far back as 5000 BC, ancient Roman theatres and bath houses, Turkish mosques and minarets, several Russian orthodox type churches, beautiful Bulgarian revivalist/medieval homes, and...

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honeymoonplanet

Sep 14, 2006 - Plovdiv

On the bus we met a couple of interesting people. An Aussie girl who was just travelling to the border so she could renew her visa. She had started her own nanny agency up in Istanbul and had been working for a year there. She was raking it in. Everything was registered in Australia for legal purposes so she didn't get killed. Some of her clients include the Saudi Royal family. Met another guy, George, on the bus who is actually Bulgarian and lives in Plovdiv. He works for an American financial banking corporation and he is their "man on...

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Jul 22, 2006 - Shop Therapy

There is perhaps no greater evidence that I was raised in a female-centric household then that when I am stressed, I shop. This would be stereotypical and somewhat offensive to some if I was female, but, as many of you have deduced, I am in fact male. So, to paraphrase Descartes, I pee standing up, therefore I shop. Smolyan was a brilliant experience. I created a series of new exercises for my workshop, including one I really like, which I call Rob Zombie. Players walk around the floor like zombies (whatever that means to them). When I clap...

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May 28, 2006 - Totally 80's in Plovdiv

Tomas and I take a taxi from the Bulgarian border to the small town, Svilengrad. Our kind cabby helps us purchase two train tickets to Plovdiv. We sit for three hours on beat-up wooden benches in the shade of the sizzling sun just outside the station. If the awaiting train looks anything like the other trains occupying three out of the four tracks, our journey is sure to be rocky, hot, stinky and SLOW! However, we are pleasantly surprised when a sparkling, shiney new bullet pulls up at 3 pm on the dot. Right on time! Thank the Lord that EU...

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May 20, 2006 - crossing into Bulgaria

Tomas and I (Zshill, as the bulgarians pronounce) geer up in the morning for the much anticipated event...the Bulgarian border crossing! The Let's Go EU guide book warns about the difficulty of the Turkey/Bulgaria border crossing in particular. Many hours of passport control, customs, police and the reported harrassment of women. This does not sit well with Zshill, especially after a large cup of heavily caffinated Turkish coffee. Hallucinations of "Check Point Charlie" and being interrogated in a small white room by Nazies is all Zshill...

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Apr 1, 2006 - Istanbul to Plovdiv

Up early to have breakfast at 8 consisting of; fresh bread, boiled egg, black olives (that's a first for breakfast), fresh apple and orange, jams, and a cup of (strong) coffee. Taxi to the bus depot which consisted of about 200 bus company offices. Found ours, checked in and departed just after 10. Vicki says 'it's not too cold today, only two jumpers'. Immigration proved a rather lengthy affair. Took us about 3 hours to get through the turkish and bulgarian processes. After crossing the border, the 3 lane highway, turned into a single...

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Aug 23, 2005 - Plovdiv

At the border between Turkey and Bulgaria everyone was told to get off the bus but we weren't told what to do. It was two in the morning, we were all tired and getting eaten by mozzies. A long walk, a longer wait in a cue to get our exiting Turkey stamp then, we waited in another cue for ages only to be told in Turkish that it was a cue for people in cars and then a wait for waitings sake in no-persons-land (hows that for gender equality). It was here that I got talking with the guys that were sitting in front of me on the bus, Will from...

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Jul 27, 2005 - Plovdiv, BULGARIA

Headed out of Istanbul for Bulgaria. The road followed the coastline of the Maramas Sea for much of the way and then went inland towards the border. The Turkish side was a breeze however the Bulgarian side was a laugh. There was a lane each for buses, cars, and trucks and far too much traffic trying to get through, with only one official in each lane. Up to 300-400 vehicles waiting. The bus somehow managed to get a priority and we got through in 2 hours, which for us was one of the quicker border crossings. 90% of the journey from istanbul...

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May 3, 2005 - Plovdiv

Plovdiv is built on/around 3 hills...one we climbed to see the ruins and the view of the city(see photos). We found accomodations at the Tourist House in the old town, an old Bulgarian home built for originally for the governor of the area on foundation(still some visible) of a Thracian Temple. All wood interior, high wood ceilings, circular double staircase up 3 floors, chandeliers(sp?),huge tall windows, giant rooms,creeky floors, great feel...run by a bike club(which pays a lease to the govt.) - mountain bikes stored in the main entry...

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