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  • Day102

    Perfect views

    August 15 in Bulgaria

    Today was a lot so see. In the morning it takes forever to get ready. Marc left in the early morning to catch his flight in Varna, so we're two again. We talk a lot with Astrid. She is 62 years and travelling since 10 years and just started to do it by bike. She quitted her job with 52 and lives from her earnings until retirement. She only owns three boxes at friends and her travelling gear and always sleeps in a tent. Wow. very minimalistic.
    When we want to start, Wis tire is flat. Again. So we exchanged the tire. It is already super hot.
    Then we cycle trough mid day heat and cross the boarder to Bukharin in 5 minutes. We passed very impressive rocks of the Northern Bulgarian steep coastline and climbed a bit. Then, we pedal to the Kaliakra fortress and enjoy the wonderful views from the fortress ruins seeing the coast.
    In the evening, we went to a famous mussel farm Dalboka. I can only recommend! Hint: Theres a copy directly next to it with the same name. But the original one has a website ending with .bg. The copy ends with .eu.bg.
    Fabulous day!
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  • Day104

    War of flies

    August 17 in Bulgaria

    We had the choice: Take the road that is partly highway OR take small paths in undefined condition.

    We started the first half of the day on the highway with lots of traffic. We made some way but it definitely sucks to cycle there.
    After a relaxing lunch break at the beach in the shade and a swim, we changed our strategy and moved on to the small roads...

    ... which lead us into deep forest. The path was very steep and going up and down. Stones and sand change with potholes and bumpers. The first flies arrived and we did not realize early enough to better have returned ... until ...

    ... we were fully occupied by thousands and thousands of small black flies. The were everywhere. Trying to fly into nose and eyes. Trying all parts of our body. The summing noise in our ears was like a swarm of mosquitoes. We tried to breathe trough clothes. We tried to cycle away. We tried to wave and shake. But they just came and stayed. It was horrible. It was hard to not panic. Our pulse was too high. It was too hot. And far too many flies!!!!

    The only hope was to endure this nightmare and to reach the next city. It took around 30 minutes. But we made it.

    Loss of today:
    Jo: bike carbon fork got a first crack
    Wi: lost sunglasses and a lot of nerves
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  • Day105


    August 18 in Bulgaria

    We started early today and finished the part up hill before the heat. Only some flies today and we were prepared much better. So, luckily it was no problem. Our host told us later the flies are coming out in the heat only in August. After lunch, the way was going down until the vibrant city Burgas.
    At the beginning, we saw many people with dark mud all over their bodies and having a bath in extremely salty water next to the sea. They told us it's healthy.

    Then, we watched the local kite surfers and miraculously did not go surfing ourselves, even though we could have. (Maybe because of the 70km, the heat, not tooo strong winds...but I'm still not sure why). Instead we went to the beach.
    Burgas seems to be a very lively city worth to live in so far!
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  • Day106

    Malerische Ausblicke

    August 19 in Bulgaria

    Aus der Stadt raus gab es den ersten längeren Fahrradweg, an der Küste, der auf einer alten Straße mündete.
    Auf der ersten Brücke schmiss Wi, nach einem kurzen Fotopause, ihren Helm samt Kopfhörern in den Fluss und durfte hinterher schwimmen, um ihn zu retten.
    Für mittags hatten wir von unserem Host ein Geheimtipp. Nach einer Abkühlung im Wasser, ging es in ein schattiges Plätzchen mit schöner Aussicht. Dort bereitete eine alte Dame in einem schönen Bretterverschlag fangfrischen Fisch zu.
    Anschließend ging es zur nächsten Bucht nach Sozopol, der ältestesten Stadt Bulgariens mit engen Gassen. Zum Sonnenuntergang kamen wir auf einem kleinem Campingplatz 10m vom Strand an. Hier bleiben wir zwei Nächte, da morgen Freunde aus Wien ankommen.
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  • Day103

    Tag der Pausen

    August 16 in Bulgaria

    Um 10 Uhr ging es los in die 5km entfernte Stadt zum Frühstücken/Brunchen. Nach weiteren 10km wurde eine Bade-Pause eingelegt. Anschließend wurde im nächsten Ort im Cafe an der Promenade angehalten.
    In dem Ort war die Promenade verhältnismäßig schön, doch außerhalb des Ortes leider nicht mehr funktional. Die Beton Straße hat sich in große Stücke zerteilt und rakte in alle Himmelsrichtungen.
    Der nächste Ort war Albena. Klassischer pauschal Tourismus in Hotelbunkern umrandet von Freizeitmöglichkeiten. Nach einer kurzen Pause ging es weiter nach Varna, der dritt größten Stadt Bulgariens, in ein Self Check In Hostel ganz ohne Personal und einer Zimmergröße von 3qm. Interessantes Konzept. Varna überzeugt mit einem schönen Park oberhalb der Strandpromenade an der sich Restaurants die Hand reichen.
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  • Day45

    Sunny autumn in Bulgaria

    October 13, 2017 in Bulgaria

    We've reached our last EU country and our first time zone shift - and it feels as if we're traveling into the past, with omnipresent horse buggies, old Ladas and abandoned villages and industrial facilities (including never finished or decommissioned nuclear power plants). But there are charming lively villages with open-hearted people as well. An old lady bought us two expensive Milka chocolate bars and we believe she told us (with her hands and feet) that we'll need it for the Bulgarian mountains. Yes, communication is sometimes a bit difficult but there's always a way and the OhneWörterBuch we got from Samuel in Vienna has turned out to be quite helpful.

    We're enjoying the quiet, bleak hilly landscape, a gorgeous starlit sky and perfect weather - only sun so far. There are burning bushes alongside the road and we're wondering whether those fires are made on purpose - locals only shrug their shoulders.

    There is no infrastructure for tourists at all on this section of the EuroVelo 6 so our tent became valuable like never before - and we're glad to find a beautiful guesthouse yesterday, including a hot shower.

    We're going to miss the Danube but are definitely excited about the next days and our way to the Black Sea.
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  • Day53

    Back at sea level

    October 21, 2017 in Bulgaria

    With directions from our insider Jaap we felt confident to cross the upcoming range of hills and reach the Black Sea within a few days.

    Cycling along little-used roads through beautiful landscape during a seemingly never ending gypsy summer, we've developed more and more love for this country and its people.

    However, the village of Sungurlare ought to dampen our mood as we found ourselves within reams of garbage surrounding this village. We've already seen and documented a lot of trash along the roads and within the fields in Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria but this beats everything so far on our journey - the picture below is just a small snippet. Of course, there are reasons and attempts to explain this mess and we understand that people are working hard and fighting for their daily bread to survive - but what gives people the right to treat our environment like this, no matter how their living conditions look like? We're wondering what we can do about it on our journey to make at least a tiny little change...

    With slightly more than 3000km on our clock we've reached the Black Sea in Burgas. After spending two relaxing days on the beach, today, we're going to jump on a freight ship which will take us to Batumi in Georgia within three nights. We've refused our plan to cycle through Turkey as the Eastern highlands have already seen frost and snow - hardly imaginable how it would look like if we would get there in more than a month :)

    However, we're super excited to get the chance to explore Georgia!
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  • Day14

    Istanbul - Sofia

    June 17 in Bulgaria

    After a good breakfast, I headed by tram to Istanbul’s Sirkeci Station where I reserved my berth for tonight’s overnight sleeper to Sofia, Bulgaria, the Istanbul - Sofia Express. It is a great pity that the train no longer leaves from Sirkeci Station, the original terminus of the Orient Express, as it has been closed indefinitely since 2013 for line work, and passengers have to take a bus (complimentary) to Halkali, an hours’s drive away. What would the Orient Express passengers think?

    I then took a ferry from the nearby terminal Eminönü across to Kadiköy on the Asian side. I was in Asia 20 minutes later. Another hot sunny day and everywhere was packed with visitors. Although most of the big attractions are on the European side, it was nice to visit here on one of the big, bustling ferries. I took advantage of a trip up the Bosphorus which was fantastic, passing beautiful homes, impressive bridges and fortresses. At only 15 Euros for a 2 hour trip it was great value.

    I returned by ferry back to Europe and took the Metro to Taksim Square, a popular tourist spot with trundling vintage trams, and packed with restaurants. At 20.30 I caught the free coach to Halkali through horrendous Istanbul traffic, arriving only 5 minutes before the train was due to depart at 21.40. I was sharing a very spacious and comfortable compartment with a former English teacher who was now living in Istanbul. I almost immediately fell asleep, only to be woken at 01.30 at the Turkish border station Kapicule. We all had to get off the train and stand in line waiting to have our passports checked. After an hour we set off, only to have the train stopped a few minutes later to have our details checked by Bulgarian Border Control folk - 3 times! Breakfast was served in the compartment by a surly, monosyllabic and unkempt attendant - a carton of warm juice of indeterminable origin and a packet of saltine crackers - no full English here.

    On arrival at Sofia, your first thought is that you wish you were somewhere else. Run down, graffiti covered and quiet, deserted streets - not what you would expect of a European capital city, and such a complete contrast to lively Istanbul. I made the 20 minute walk to my hotel - the Bon Bon - and the approach to it appeared anything but Bon. However inside it was small but clean and comfortable. I asked the receptionist if I could check in early, and although the place looked empty, she told me efficiently that check-in was 14.00. ‘It’s the rules’ she said without smiling, betraying a little of her communist era past.

    I was however permitted to leave my luggage and set off. I joined an excellent 2 hour walking tour of Sofia which was led by a professional but humorous young guide. He gave us a great insight into the history of the city including his memories as a child both before and after the fall of communism in 1989. He also taught us that nodding and shaking your head meant the opposite in Bulgaria. (This almost caused me problems later when a heavily made up woman near the Central Railway Station asked if I was looking for company).

    Although a land-locked country, Bulgaria has numerous hot springs, and our guide let us drink some water from one of these in the city centre. ‘Laydeez, drinking theez waters may increase your bosoms’ warned our guide. Well, they didn’t seem to have harmed my man boobs either.

    The tour finished at the magnificent St Alexander Nevski Cathedral, one of the largest Eastern Orthodox Cathedrals in the world. The sky darkened and developed into a mighty thunderstorm, bringing the first rain I had seen on my trip to date. I took the modern Metro to the small but interesting Museum of Totalitarian Art, with its fascinating collection of posters and statues from the communist era. At night I attended the Opera House to see a production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella). With shaky sets, falling props and dodgy wigs, it wasn’t exactly La Scala, but the singing was good and the 35 piece orchestra fairly belted it out. And I couldn’t complain at £15 for one of the best seats in the house.
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  • Day108


    August 21 in Bulgaria

    Mit Plami und Marcus ging's an den Silistar Beach, neben einem Naturschutzgebiet. Wi hat eine Schlange gefunden und Jo das Buch "Nullzeit" durch gelesen. Abends gab ging es dann das letzt Mal in Bulgarien essen.

  • Day63

    I'm on a horse

    July 7 in Bulgaria

    I hope you all remember the epic commercial from 'Old spice'? :D That's exactly how I felt today!
    Hint for those who can't: https://youtu.be/VX5au0LOJp8

    After climbing further 10km up the hill on that sunny morning, I met 'Butch', real name Ognyan, whos owning around 20 horses on his little farm. Some more of his horses are living wildly in the mountains. He has a unique attitude towards nature and knows the mountains like no other. He invited me for coffee, self made herbal tea with self made honey from special pine trees. It felt, as if theres was another time zone, a slower one. The horses are well trained and strong and the film 'Vikings' and many others have been produced with his horses.

    I decided to try a tour on a horseback. Was a bit unsure if it might be counterproductive for my back but it turned out to be supportive.

    So, we rode a tour trough the forest and steep ski slopes. Fantastic experience and sceneries and I can only agree with with the other peoples feedback to it. If you're ever here try: http://www.horse-riding-bg.com

    Also, we were really lucky with the weather as it startet to rain as we returned. I just made it to my apartment when weather turned into apocalyptic thunderstorm and electricity went down for a while.

    During afternoon, I prepared for hiking to the top tomorrow and hoping for good enough weather!
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