bulgaria: sofia, belovo and plovdiv

June 27, 2008 at 10:02 am | Posted in adventures, bulgaria | 2 Comments

by sandra.

frank drinking bulgarian beer (they’re bigger and cheaper here): http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2617837807/in/photostream/

frank and i have been in bulgaria for a few days now.  we began our trip in sofia, the capital of bulgaria.  it looks a lot like a small city in mexico.  there we visited the alexander nefski cathedral, a beautiful church whose walls and ceiling are covering with amazing paintings.  its crypt is home to a icon museum, some of which come from the 17th century.  we spent the rest of our time there (two days, one night) exploring the city, sweating in the sun, and resting at our hostel. 

alexander nefski cathedral: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2617835867/in/photostream/

our hostel: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2617839261/in/photostream/

momma cat nursing her 3 kittens in the lot outside our hostel: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2617841951/in/photostream/

it is a MUCH slower pace here than london (or portland).  most days in belovo we have slept in and spent the day exploring belovo and sitting around the table talking and eating with his host family.  i have really been impressed with how well we are able to communicate with stoyan, nati and maltina considering they speak very little english and frank speaks only conversational-level bulgarian.  with frank acting as translator, along with the dictionary, mime, and sign language, we have been able to talk about politics, philosophy, pedagogy, history, family, and religion.  there’s no way i could survive here without frank, but my bulgarian vocabulary continues to grow everyday.  before we came to bulgaria, i knew how to order something, and words for thank you, bread, beer, wine, coffee, tea, salad, the bathroom, yes, no, goodnight, good day and…not much else.  now i can say excuse me, please, i understand, i don’t understand, salt, little, fantastic, cat, dog, chicken, good, ticket, remodel, cheers, mother, sister, brother, skinny, perfect, poor and oops.

our host “mom” making shopska salata: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2617843887/in/photostream/

our host “dad”: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2618672810/

Belovo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2618669216/in/photostream/

statue of Chapai at the overlook in Belovo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2617847985/in/photostream/ 

today we are visiting plovdiv, a city which hosts a walking avenue with shops and restuarants, and roman ruins.  we are looking forward to exploring somewhere new.  this weekend we will travel to the village with his host family and have a picnic.  then we will head to the coast for some hiking, swimming, and sunbathing.  our “honeymoon” will finally begin!



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  1. I have enjoyed following along with the two of you on your trip. It has been great to hear and see the places you have been and the places you are planning on going. We are very happy to hear that things are going great for the two of you and look forward to additional updates on your trip. Have a great time on your upcoming picnic and trip to the coast.

  2. Dude!!! I dig the beer mug…………nice size!!! I hope you two are enjoying your trip. David

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