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Aug 24, 2011 - Varna

We headed south to the coast of Bulgaria, to the touristy city of of Varna. Pretty much a place to lie on the beach and drink - exactly what we did. After spending a day on the overcrowded main beach, we jumped on a bus and headed out of town to a local beach, Kabakome, not at all up to the Australian standards, but a million times better. Being at the beach was actually useful as our hostel's showers were literally ON the toilet, thus Telka didn't shower for three days. Apart from drinking, we did try some traditional Bulgarian food which...

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Jul 7, 2011 - Ready

I don’t know what people from Varna call themselves (“people” probably), but I like to make up terms: “Varnians” would please C.S. Lewis, and “Varnese” would make Italians feel at home. And for the Americans in the audience, um… “I’m from Varna. Heh heh.” I obsess mildly about such appellations because I’ve been here 16 days, with two more days left before the last, intense period of the summer begins. So I’ve been living here, in a way, adopting routines, eating, drinking, washing clothes, going to the beach. It’s not like I’m paying taxes...

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EurAfrica 2011

Jun 26, 2011 - V-Ball

I bought a standing room ticket to watch the FIVB World League at the nearby Sports Palace last night. Having seen world-class opera, theatre, music and art so far on the trip, I can now add world-class sports. The World League is comprised of the top 16 qualifying men's teams from around the world, who play in four first-round pools; the winner and runner-up in each pool go on to the round of eight, then to a semi-final round and on to the final. It's the biggest volleyball competition in the world, alongside the Olympics. Bulgaria is...

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Jun 25, 2011 - UnVarnished

Reading Misha Glenny’s McMafia, about how the fall of Communism in the east hastened the development of a criminal kleptocracy which enveloped Russia and the Balkans in the 1990s. It’s a fascinating, disturbing read, because it accords with so much of what I’ve witnessed, particularly here in Bulgaria, where the mafias which took power after Zhivkov have never relinquished their hold on the state and over the lives of ordinary Bulgarians, in spite of their 20007 entry in the European Union. In fact, entry to the EU was largely seen here as...

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Sep 11, 2010 - Varna

We spent 2 days in Varna, the 2nd biggest city in Bulgaria, located 2 hours north of Nessebar, also on the Black Sea. The city is about 1 million people, with a nice historic core, containing several pedestrian boulevards lined with art nouveau buildings from the 1920's, one of which leads down to a beautiful park right on the lake. We stayed in another fantastic hotel here with one of the best breakfasts we've had - and that's saying something, since many of the breakfasts on this tour are great. I love breakfast, so for me, this is a nice...

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Jul 3, 2010 - Black Mountains to Black Sea

The sea, the sea...there's only one reason why people come to Varna (or at least one reason in my case). The Black Sea, salty, green, placid and accessible, like a beautiful woman with a charmingly foul mouth. Varna is a fun town, a kind of down-at-the-heels port town, and there is enough urban life here to keep one amused on rainy days or when the tan segues into a burn, which is why I prefer to come here than to a more beach-oriented place along the coast. I'm a hedonist, but of the Old School; rather than sex, drugs, and rock and roll or...

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EuroTrash 010

Jul 14, 2009 - Varna

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...

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Taking the Long Way

Jul 13, 2009 - Into Bulgaria

I spent my last day in Kusadasi at the Aqua Fantasy Water Park (despite what you are thinking NO apparantly you are never too old). Its basically a water park full of pools and slides that also has a DJ blasting dance music full ball, for the benefit of all the little kids running around I can only assume. It was pretty funny, although I did avoid all the tunnel rides, mum always wanted me about razor blades hidden in chewing gum in those ones. It wasn't too expensive to get in and we planned on a cheap day by taking my own food. On arrival...

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Taking the Long Way

Jun 20, 2009 - Varna Heat Wave

Hello to all of you... I have not written for ome time because I have been extremely ill with sun stroke. Thank god we are resting in Varna for some time because I forgot what is was like to get sun stroke. Krzys and Krista have been taking good care of me as well as some Aussies who have been supplying me with electrolytes. Krzys is also suffering from some nasty burns but this is not keeping us away from the beautiful black sea. The water is amazing and warm!!!! Salty too!!! We are going to stay one more night here then head back to...

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Aug 31, 2008 - Varna, Bulgaria

Tim -- Honestly, I was surprised by how beautiful Bulgaria really is. I've a stereotype of Eastern Europe pounded into my brain from years of anti-communist school teachers that's really hard to crack, so discovering how beautiful a beach on the Black Sea can be or how intricate the paintings on a local church have turned out, I feel glad to be travelling to somewhere that many people might not consider. As much as I enjoy concrete blocks and stray dogs, I do enjoy a change of pace, even in the former eastern bloc. We were in Varna long...

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Jul 22, 2007 - Varna, Bulgaria

Next morning - yes, yet another early start! Up at 5am and convoying out of Sumen to do the final 104 Kms to Varna. The journey has now become a gruelling test of endurance for me (although many of the other (maybe stronger) riders have enjoyed every inch of the way) but guess what? Today I was feeling great! I pushed out of town with Bruce and right behind the Big Boys up front, and I motored! That's what NOT riding 160Km the day before with the Three H's will do for you (that's Heat, Headwinds and Hills)! Not only I, but others at our...

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Jun 3, 2007 - Bulgaria, yup, Bulgaria!

I decided to jet to somewhere unknown for a week or two, and found a super cheap deal to Bulgaria, a place I knew nothing about - so I went! I'm in a city on the Black Sea coast called Varna, with around 400,000 residents. It is interesting being in a former Eastern Block communist country. Some people love the new economy and social system since the fall of communism - but every old person I talk to misses how protected their culture and language was under the old way. The oldsters hate the Americanization of everything - and really hate...

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