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Europe » Bulgaria » Varna Province » Varna September 13th 2015

Geo: 42.7252, 25.4815That damn fridge kept waking me up all night long. I looked before I went to bed last night to see whether or not it could be unplugged, but the cabinet it was in was too close to the wall and I couldn't reach the plug. But at least my room wasn't on the third floor, where a contingent of Belgians managed to wake everyone up at 1:30 a.m. On our drive to Varna, we could see how Sunny Beach — the area visible from the north side of Nesebar — is too built up. There are hotels and big resorts and apartments, apartments, apartments. It's just ugly. There's one absolutely enormous resort that looks like something from Dubai, or Las Vegas. Most of the billboards along the highway are in Russian, trying to ... read more
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Showing me how to sharpen my claws
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Europe » Bulgaria » Varna Province » Varna July 25th 2014

24 juillet C'est mon dernier bond en Bulgarie aujourd'hui. Je quitte donc ce matin l'Hostel Mostel de la medievale Veliko Tarnovo pour me rendre sur les cotes de la mer noire, tout a l'est de la Bulgarie. Je me poserai a Varna, ville balneaire importante du Pays ou la haute saison bas son plein. C'est Dayana la "princesse" bulgare qui m'appela le taxi et qui s'assurera que je me rende bien a la bonne gare de bus (... il y en a toujours plus qu'une dans les villes bulgares...). Elle voulait que son nom apparaisse dans mon blogue, la Dayana. Et bien voila que c'est fait. A la gare, je prend tout mon temps. Mon bus doit supposement quitter dans 1 heure. Mais du moment qu'on me remet ma facture (en guise de ticket), je suis ... read more
Mer noire pas si noire
Chapeau de poil russe
Noir de Monde a la Mer Noire

Europe » Bulgaria » Varna Province » Varna August 19th 2013

Before I tell th8s story, I should say that Varna is a beautiful city, with awesome beaches, nice people, warm water, and cheap food/drink. We made a very good friend out of a local, and here is how:After a swealtering (but gorgeous) ride from the capital, Sofia, we found ourselves stopped 10km before Varna. The employees on the train told us we had to get off due to a fire further down the rail line and that a bus was coming to take us to Varna.as im taking photos of the surroundings to remember this small hiccup, the women around us literally gasped in terror, and monica and I turned to see a large propane explosion about a kilometer out . The flame was impressive, and the "boom" made me drop to one knee!With the major ... read more
Kaboom!
Making Friends

Europe » Bulgaria » Varna Province July 4th 2013

Thur 4th July 2013 The next morning, I managed to post a few entries in my blog with the internet connection from the hotel. By 11 am, I continued my journey to Varna on the coast of the Black Sea. I did some work on the car before setting off. I added another litre of engine oil, and some transmission fluid. The oil leak seem to be getting worse, as I can see an oil patch on the ground. Lunch was at a place that is the equivalent of a motorway service station. Had some salad and drinks before continuing my journey. It was a day that tested the suspension to the limit. The road surface is very uneven and there were many large potholes, some big enough to fit my wheel if I am not ... read more
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Drying my clothes on the car

Europe » Bulgaria » Varna Province » Varna June 10th 2013

When I came to Varna Bulgaria to see the Black Sea, I planned on renting a car and heading south to see some of the other beach towns and some Greek ruins. But when I saw that I could work at the beach while chilling to some great food and music, I decided not to go anywhere. A week sure goes by fast at the beach, huh? The typical day was getting up at 7 am, working in my apartment until about noon, then walking down to the beach for lunch. Then I would just stay and work on the sand until 5 or 6pm. It was a nice routine. I also wandered about Varna and took in the sights and did plenty of people watching at night. There was all sorts of music and food ... read more
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Europe » Bulgaria » Varna Province » Varna July 11th 2012

Wednesday 11th July 2012 We were off at 0830, our bus to Varna leaving the terminal at 0915. We ordered a taxi through the hotel and to our surprise, they paid the fare. We have nothing but praise for the Arena Tarnovo Hotel, clean rooms, friendly staff, and they try to be as helpful as they can. The bus trip took about 30 mins longer than the expected 3 hour trip but this was because there seemed to be something wrong with the bus at one stage, which the driver quickly repaired after a short stop, and the number of semi-trailers that had to be passed. Good driver though, never seemed to take any risks - Rags is not a good passenger and he was happy. On checking into the Plaza Hotel we were pleased to ... read more
The Black Sea
The Black Sea
Varna Port

Europe » Bulgaria » Varna Province » Golden Sands May 29th 2012

The farewell concert at 7 pm on May 28, Memorial Day, at the Olympic Training Center was a great way to send off these young musicians. It was fitting to recognize veterans at the beginning of the program and join in singing the Star Spangled Banner as the orchestra played so well. Seeing the musicians with their family and friends was heartwarming. Hearing the musicians as they played through their repertoire was inspiring. I am looking forward to being a companion on this unique tour through such historic places. Larry Barrett... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Varna Province » Varna October 16th 2011

My main person coming here was to go to the Black sea and walk the beach. Well thats not going to happen. I mean the weather was horrible. I uploaded a few pics and did some cruise searches. Well found an awesome cruise leaving out of Rome on the 26th and pulls right into Galveston and it was the same price as a ticket home. So I opted for a 16 day cruise home then a 11 hour flight home. But this did change my plans up a bit now since I was heading towards Greece. I spent a few hours rerouting my trip to get to Rome. Rain stopped for a little so I decided to take a walk outside and at least find the mall..of course it starts raining again when I get outside ... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Varna Province » Varna October 15th 2011

Nothing at all exciting today, Sat all by myself on a train ride to Varna Bulgaria which is right on the Black Sea. I had one stop in Ruse which was a dead town. Got into Varna around 7 pm. Caught a cab to the apartment I was staying at. Had no idea where I was and these two ladies that ran a shop next to the building called the number I had to get the guy to come down and get me. haha. It was frezzzing outside too. Walking into the apartment made me a little home sick since it was a home and cozy. But then the guy and I started talking and we watched the University of Michigan Vs Michigan State game. He told me he use to work on cruise ships for ... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Varna Province » Varna June 4th 2011

Had a nice final week in the sunshine on the beach in Varna. Stayed at the Flag Hostel once again with the gang and spent pretty much every day on the beach making the most of the time in the sun. We played endless games of Volleyball, met some more amazing people, including 4 US Navy guys who were a great laugh. It was a lovely final week to spend with the amazing people I have met the last few months and couldn't think of a better way for this whole chapter to end. Had a great night out up in Golden Sands, enjoying some cheap drinks and dancing :) Returned to UK on Saturday night, after getting a 7 hour train from Varna to Sofia, then the flight at 8:45pm. Had a lovely welcome back ... read more
Night out in Golden Sands
The journey home...




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