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  • Day6

    Lost Place die 1te...@Chadschi Dimitar

    August 27 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    6.Etappe(Walachei-Sofia): Morgendliche "Aufgabenerfüllung" (De-Tour-Mission).
    ChadschiDimitar (Buzludzha):
    mit post-kommunistischem UFO-Charme, stilecht und profzig-gigantisch in Beton gegossen. Was für ein genialer Ausblick mit morbidem Touch!
    Leider (wegen Vandalismus) nicht mehr zu betreten und von einem Polizeiposten bewacht.
    Auch bombastisch - die FackelDenkmale am Fuße des Monuments.
    Später ging's dann über wilde bulgarische Landstraßen, vorbei an Plovdiv in Richtung Nordmazedonien.
    Straßenchaos bei Skopje.
    Abends dann das Treffen mit den Anderen - nach der täglichen OffroadChallenge auf Nebenstrecken mit Weintrauben als Belohnung.
    Abendmahl&Übernachtung am AutobahnMotel-Camp...
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  • Day36

    Fahrrad fahren fetzt

    August 5 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Heute war ein guter Tag..
    Er startete für mich mit dem übrig gebliebenen Dhal..da konnte schonmal nicht so viel schief gehen..
    Unsere selbst gesteckte Route führt uns weitestgehend über kleine Dörfer, in denen wir immer wärmstens willkommen geheißen werden und hinreichend ruhige Nebenstraßen..Wir versuchen die Schnell- und Fernstrassen so gut es geht zu vermeiden..Heute ist uns das auch einen undefinierbaren 5km Feldweg wert..es war glücklicherweise eine gute Entscheidung und kein zweiter Mosquito Mountain..Das geht aber leider nicht immer..
    Die Landschaft Bulgariens ist unbeschreiblich und nicht wirklich in Bildern festzuhalten..wir fahren heute meist über 100-250m Meter hohe Hügelketten, während sich zu unseren Flanken endlose Weiten an Feldern auftuen, die abrupt an einer sich bedrohlich auftürmenden Felswand enden..Ich habe die Karte Bulgariens mittlerweile ganz gut verinnerlicht..die bedrohliche Bergkette bleibt nicht zu unserer rechten..Sie stellt sich uns mitten in den Weg und zwar ab Morgen..
    Ich hatte heute einen kleinen Glücksmoment, als wir unsere Bulgarien Karte umdrehen konnten..das heißt, die Hälfte des Landes liegt hinter uns..😁..
    Generell ging der Tag wieder locker flockig von den Beinen..Unglaublich, was ein williger Kopf so alles bewerkstelligen kann..
    Radfahrerkenntnis des Tages, beliebig auf jede andere Lebenssituation anwendbar: der Berg sieht steiler aus wenn man ihn aus der Ferne sieht..Die Perspektive ändert sich schlagartig, wenn man ihn denn fährt..
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  • Day6

    Die Genossen, das Monument und wir!

    August 27 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Die Sprache ist vom Buzludzha Monument (auch Busludscha oder Buzludja Monument genannt), das dank seiner Erscheinungsform auch den Spitznamen UFO trägt. Dabei handelt es sich um das größte ideologisch motivierte Denkmal Bulgariens, welches gleichzeitig auch als Hauptquartier der Kommunistischen Partei diente.
    Die besten bulgarischen Künstler arbeiteten am Design der Wandgestaltung, nur die hochwertigsten Baumaterialen wurden aus aller Welt herangetragen und beim Bau verwendet und Tausende von „Freiwilligen“ waren am Bauprozess beteiligt. Der sowjetische Stern, welcher den 70 m hohen Turm von Buzludzha ziert ist dreimal größer als der des Kremlins. Zum seinem Höhepunkt zählte Buzludzha zu den bedeutsamsten Symbole der kommunistischen Welt.

    Das könnte die Hansebuben-CHARITY-Zentrale werden....hmmm....nein, eher doch nicht!!

    Weiter gehts nach Sofia, auf dem Weg wollen wir in die Augen Gottes sehen...!
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  • Aug28

    7.Tag

    August 28 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Heute soll es quer durch Bulgarien, über Nordmazedonien (Skorpie), wenn möglich nach Albanien 1. Zeltplatz nach der Grenze gehen (ERLIN am Ohridsee).Das sind eine Masse Kilometer, deshalb nehmen wir den Autobahnjoker. Reine Fahrzeit sagt das nicht zu verwendende Navi 8h11 630 km . Mal gucken wie es voran geht. Wir hören heute mal 80iger Jahre. Noch einen Blick ins Cockpit und auf die Strasse ——-> dann bis später.
    Vor uns Sofia- wir fahren drumrum. Ist mir ganz recht, meine Erinnerungen an Bulgarien sind auf Grund der Tramptour nach dem Abi eh nicht die besten🙄.
    Alles in allem haben wir nur wenige Bulgaren getroffen ( die Getroffenen hatten eher wenig bis keine Zähne) und auch keine Supermärkte. Es gibt haufenweise Autoschrotthändler und verfallene Industrieanlagen.
    Bulgarien hat den Wegfall der Handelsbeziehungen zur SU nur sehr schlecht verkraftet, ist aber seit 2007 EU Mitglied. Dadurch sollen in den letzten Jahren Stabilisierungstendenzen erkennbar sein- spricht das WWW 🙃. Wusste ja eigentlich schon Bismarck, aber der iss ja nu ooch schon lange hin und irgendwer verdient ja immer gut dabei.
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  • Day6

    Auf nach Bulgarien...zum Sehnsuchtsziel

    August 27 in Bulgaria ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Extra-N8-Tour:
    Südlich der Karpaten durch die Ebene zur Donau. Überall in den finsteren Dörfern ist die Jugend bis weit nach Mitternacht auf den Beinen!
    Border☺️Passing @Nikopol(BG).
    Witziges Aufeinandertreffen mit dem Zoll:
    ("This Salami is NOT ILLEGAL in Bulgaria!").

    Weiter auf dem nächtlichen Weg nach Hadschi Dimitar, wo wir gegen halb vier ankommen.
    Völlig abgeschiedene Finsternis nach dem Zusammentreffen mit einer Rotte Wildschweine.
    Hat was von "Blair😳Wich😱Project"...
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  • Day571

    Day 572: Driving to Kazanluk

    September 9, 2018 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Our meetup was over, and after an intense couple of days it would've been nice to have a couple of days off. But that's just not the way we do things! So we were up and out by 9:30 again, picking up someone from the meetup and heading off into Bulgaria.

    Destination for the day was the small city of Kazanlak in central Bulgaria, where the second-last WHS was located. We'd agreed to give a lift to Peter, a Swedish man who'd been on the meet-up as he was heading the same way. Although he was in his I'd guess mid to late 50s and we didn't have much in common, he was fairly well travelled and so we got on well enough swapping travel stories and the like. He'd worked in logistics for Scania and Volvo for many years, and had recently taken an early retirement to travel - seems quite common amongst this crowd!

    Arrived in Kazanlak by mid afternoon and decided to tackle the WHS immediately since it was only a small site - literally just a tomb. Beehive-shaped, about 2m in diameter and 3m high in the centre, it really was tiny. The interior was covered in well-preserved paintings from the Thracian period, about 300 BC or so. It was quite nice, but again, very small. Almost all of Bulgaria's sites have been quite tiny!

    We headed for our hotel which was about three houses from where we'd parked the car (although we didn't realise that at the time). Peter headed off to his hotel in the town centre, so we said our goodbyes. It's a fairly nothing town, so we spent the afternoon and evening just relaxing in the room. Had another Bulgarian dinner in a hotel restaurant a few doors away.
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  • Day37

    Transit

    May 10, 2017 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    So the bed is slowly dying. Will put my bag on the bed and it collapsed so we swapped sides. We then swapped back because Will decided he would rather sleep on a slant than with a slat missing in the middle of his back.
    One dude snored so loudly -.-
    I was less itchy though because I've been using my own sleeping bag so that's good.
    We brushed our teeth and did the final morning pack then asked the volunteer worker to call us a taxi. Half way through her attempt we realized we had no money so we tried to make her cancel but she wouldn't hang up the phone. She kept saying just wait. We tried to Communicate we couldn't pay for it..
    Either way she failed to get one so no harm done.
    We went searching for a working ATM and on attempt 2 we found one. We then had breakfast and headed back to the hostel.
    The streets were more crowded with tourist groups this morning.
    We ate cereal and I played a game of rummi with Patrick and Tom (weird south Australian guy)
    I won. Thanks Noeline and Matt for the practice hehe.
    We then started walking the 1.6km journey to the station.
    Gah, my backpack is getting heavier I swear.
    Partly because I'm carrying the dirty laundry so I have lots of Wills clothes. -.-
    I've now put the sleeping bag on the outside of my bag and that makes it really uncomfortably difficult too because it's so uneven and hurts my back.
    Once we got to the park we had a 2 minute break for Will to take off his jumper and for me to attach my sleeping bag to his bag. He now has one on each side so his bag is more even too. I carried his jumper :)
    In the park there was this person - I had several looks and have concluded it was a man wearing a wig. Will thought it was an Ugly woman but I maintain it was a man - the beard was too bushy, the hair too straight and rigid (therefore probably a wig) and he/she had a uni-boob.
    Maybe he just likes sitting in the park and wants to feel pretty amongst the birds...

    I think I find the little bag more challenging because the big backpack straps take up all of my shoulders so I have nowhere to flatly lay the smaller straps. I have to put them on top of the big straps and they keep sliding off which is annoying.
    Will doesn't have this problem cause he is much bigger.
    Considering our packs are pretty much the same weight I'm doing really well because your pack is only suppose to be 15% of your body weight
    Mine is way over and his is way under.
    We made it to the station - it's the same one we arrived in.
    Will sat down with or bags while I tried to organize tickets.
    I tried 3 shops before I found the right one.
    After having the same convo serveral times..
    "Hi, do you speak English? "
    "no"
    "Nova Zagora?"
    *points in different direction*
    But I found it! Woo!
    It was only 10 Lev each which is brilliant.
    That's one less stress. Only 3 more to go.
    1 - our bus station is not he final destination so we need to get off mid route which is causing me anxiety.
    2 - once we do successfully get off we will need to get our bags from underneath the bus - on our previous bus rides I haven't seen anyone who hasn't been on to the end open up the under compartments so hopefully we can.
    3 - actually finding our host.
    It's quite the adventure.

    We are currently watching the fat pigeon eating anything it can find.

    We went to gate 5 which is where we were told our bus would be. There was a bus there waiting but it was only 2:10.
    We weren't sure if it was the right bus or not so we asked. It wasn't the most friendliest of responses but it at least answered our question. No, it was not our bus.
    We waited for it to leave then Ours pulled in. Ours is much smaller. Our driver doesn't speak English but nodded so hears to hoping we go the right direction.
    It's been an hour and a half of the journey.
    I really need to wee.
    The country side is lovely and I've enjoyed some derelict villages along the way.
    There are big holes in the wall so it must be freezing but people definitely live there because there is washing hanging up.
    I naturally became tired along the way and had a quick snooze but the anxiety of missing our stop has helped me not go into a deep sleep.
    Will is sleeping too and doesn't fit in the seat. The photo I got of his is quite funny.
    Poor cotton.
    We are at what I think is the stop before ours and I'm THRILLED that we have pulled into a bus station rather than a bus stop on the side of the road. Hopefully we get dropped off at a terminal too.

    I have been trying to find shapes in the clouds. It's harder as an adult but is still consider it a success.

    Of course our stop wasn't a bus station but a stop on the side of the road. - Nova Zegora.
    We weren't sure whether to get off or not but thank heavens Johanna was at the door and collected us.
    The stress left my body immediately- we weren't stranded haha.
    I really hope mum and dad remember me saying I might not have wifi because I don't and I hope they don't think something's gone wrong. Especially when I can't upload this journal for 2 weeks. I might ask Johanna if I can send an email mid week just to be sure.
    In sure Wills parents will be less stressed lols
    She had parked in a supermarket car park so we walked to that - she lives about 20 km away. The drive was beautiful.
    She lives in a village. Like, a proper village with horse and carriages.
    I'm in love.
    We are set up in a tent in the backyard. Our mattress is on a diagonal so Will can fit..
    the toilet is an outhouse - Will had a nervous laugh. It's the same as Kenya except it smells better because they have sawdust stuff to throw into the toilet after your number 2.
    I'm going to have to get use to aiming better..
    Johanna took us on a tour to a few of her rose fields - because of the rain they are not ready to harvest yet but she still has some odd jobs for us to help with.
    Today I saw the biggest bee I've ever seen in my life. It was like part bird.
    I also watched a Different bee up really close pollinating a big beautiful purple flower. I took a video too.
    The main house is falling apart so they live in a side room that has a bedroom attached to an Empty room which will be a kitchen and a shower in the back.
    The main house only has one usable room and they use it for storage - that's where we have put our big bags.
    We spent some time sampling different teas and chatting.
    We were starving so when she mentioned dinner we were both relived. It was lentil soup. At first I was disappointed but still Hungry enough to eat anyway but it turned out to be delicious.
    There is an outside, old school cooking area with a fire stove and jar after jar of dried things and cooking condiments.
    I was so very cold.
    Even with my puffy jacket, rain coat, a blanket, Wills snow beanie and sitting next to a fire eating hot liquids I was crystallizing.
    After dinner we played cards for a few hours.
    It's a German game (Johanna is German) called wizard. It was really very confusing at first but we eventually got the hang of it. It goes for 20 rounds and the rounds get infer longer every time.
    On round 19 it was discovered that me and Will had been playing wrong. Though we were playing the same way so i think the lead I had on him was valid.
    Only a small thing we misunderstood but it probably effected the overall score.
    It was over a matter of HAVING to play a card of a certain colour if you had it - we both thought we could strategically skip.
    Oops.
    Overall score ended up being me and Johanna tied for first place.
    Danny, Johannas partner will be arriving on Monday next week.
    Will had a shower while I organized the tent.
    It's a tight fit but we will manage.
    I'm excited for what's to come!

    We also got an offer for English speaking in Poland that we want to have a look at once we have internet back.

    I may or may not have Dutch ovened the tent.
    It was not good.
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  • Day38

    Work Away

    May 11, 2017 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    At about 3 am we both woke up to the noise of a humongous truck FLYING through the village streets.
    Apparently truckers use it from Turkey to Romania to avoids inspections but wow it was loud!
    We woke up at 6 to the sound of so many birds chirping. It was peaceful.
    We got out of the tent at 9.
    I needed to pee all night but I pushed through - I didnt want to go out in the wet.
    Breakfast was fancy. Well not overly but I thought so.
    It was fresh porridge with cooked cranberry and apple on top with a smashed banana underneath.
    For my first porridge experience I quite liked it. Will did not.
    The fruit and honey I added made it better.
    I also had a tea. I'm liking the tea variety I've had here. I'll definitely be hitting up T2 when home.
    There is a rooster and he doesn't shut up but you can also hear dogs barking and sheep.
    We got ready, meaning brushed our teeth in the garden, put on our sunscreen (turns out Will bought FOUNDATION with sunscreen in it -HAHAHAHAHAH he looked beautiful <3 hehehe)
    and I put on a pair of borrowed gum boots. Our first stop was to the local "hardware store" to see if hey had boots in Wills size. They didn't but they are going to order some in for him and they will be here tomorrow.
    We then went to the rose fields. We put on gloves and had a hoe each.
    Will was seriously impressive. Even Johanna said she had never seen anyone so quick.
    His head nearly exploded.
    Thank god he was there though or the 2 rows would have taken me all week.
    I was slow at first but did pick up the pace eventually once I got use to the blister feeling on my hand (which I hate) but I was still slow in comparison..
    I managed to kill 1.5 rose bushes..
    The first one may survive so that's good because I pulled out the whole plant but the root survived but the second time I felt horrible and wanted to go cry in the car.
    It's there favourite field because it's the only field with white roses so they are extra special....
    The second time I just wasn't concentrating because I was in a rhythm and chopped it in half then pulled out the rose with my hands while Johanna yelled "that's the rose"
    Oh god. It was not good.
    I knew she was upset/mad but she hid it well and pretended it was ok which I appreciated. I felt horrible. Will just laughed at me.
    *** (written by William) ***But after he had finished some of his row he can back and helped me with mine. Will is the best couldn't ask for a better boyfriend plus he's super good looking which is a bonus. All I ever do is sleep must be because I'm a big stupid head. *****

    I can't believe I ripped out a rose bush with my bare hands...
    Anyway I tried extra hard after that. Johanna went ahead and cleaned around the roses to make it obvious for me..
    My blisters felt fine once I stretched them a bit. I just hate the initial felling of tight skin. Neither popped so that's good.
    Thanks to Will we finished in under 3 hours woo!

    Basically we had to get rid of he ridiculous amount of weeds strangling the roses.
    There were so many creepy crawlies in the soil.
    Heaps of awesomely camouflaged spiders and millipede type things - and worms. But if I saw a worm I moved it out of harms way of being chopped..
    probably why I took longer... hahahah
    Johanna took a video of us hoeing which I appreciated :)
    We then went back to the house and I had a lie down in the beautiful garden. It's full of insects but they leave you alone and I'm not worried cause there harmless in comparison to the potential garden friends of Australia.
    There was lady beetles, butterflies, bees of all sizes, ants and beetle types I didn't recognize.
    Johanna put down a picnic rug for me to lie in the sun on.
    After a small while Johanna made us lunch. We had shopska salad and Will had a ham and cheese sandwich. Despite what he may think, he is the fussy one.
    Afterwards we went for a quick walk around the village - or rather around the block.
    People were so suspicious. One lady took her baby inside and left the pram on the street. She had this look of alarm. Lol.
    As I've mentioned, I love villages.
    Will then had a siesta but I found the tent too hot so I had a shower in the dodgy tub then discovered I was out of clothes so I did 3 loads of washing. Apparently the washing machine will be functional in 3-4 days can't wait.
    It was difficult to do in the garden because the floor was muddy so the scrubba got muddy but I managed. I hung them on the line and they should dry quickly because it's very hot.
    I then had a sleep on the picnic rug. Wonderful.
    I then successfully used the outhouse woo!
    Me and Will were having a comp who would go first - #winner
    I emailed dad, Helen and Jess to say we would have no internet - I tapped into the wifi on Johanna's phone.
    Dinner time - it was spag bowl yessss!
    Sooo good.
    We then played cards - big 2.
    About 15 rounds and I didn't win once which was bullshit.
    During our game of cards one of Danny's distant relatives came for a visit - apparently she just lets herself in 3 times a day. lol
    She was so small. Will was sitting in a chair and was still taller than her. Might try get a photo next to her too. Hehe
    She came to offer cucumbers but Johanna planted some in the garden today so she went for a look. She is going to bring us some sheep milk for tomorrow. Didn't even realise that was thing.
    Hopefully we get to go to her house cause she has some animals I can play with. :D

    Time for another scheduled sleep.
    It's a sleep in tomorrow - we can get up at 9 :D..

    Wills toenails are ridiculous- he cut them today for the 5th time since we left.
    I am yet to cut mine.
    Outrageous.

    It's 10:46pm and there are birds chirping so loudly. What retards it's dark out.
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Oblast Stara Zagora, Стара Загора

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