Sunrise over the abandoned village Another crazy early morning, we are getting up at 4 a.m., skipping breakfast again to save time. Who would have been hungry for breakfast yet anyway? This morning Evo takes me to an almost entirely abandoned village in the Rhodope Mountains. At its peak time, 60 people of Turkish origin lived here, planting tobacco and farming for a living. Today less than 30 remain. The others moved to the towns of Bulgaria or even abroad.
A morning hike to some waterfalls Today we won’t make long car rides, but stay a little closer to home. We start the day with a lovely breakfast at Evo’s place before getting ready for the day’s first hike. Not a hike like last year’s Rila Seven Lakes tour. Just a short one. Over some fields and along a river that cascades further upstream down some lovely small waterfalls. Evo assured me that I could do it in my sport
Sofia, Monday, June, 25, 2018 Do I have to go now? My last day of this fantastic tour has come – but there is no time to be sad right now, there are still some more hours left! For the moment I am snuggling back into my bed, trying to keep warm. It has been so freaking cold in this hut tonight, even four wool blankets could not keep me warm. A knock on my door, the others are already downstairs
This post was updated on August 25th, 2020 Rila Lakes, 2nd Hut, Sunday 24, June, 2018 Communication issues early in the morning Where are Evo, Karin, and Phil?I have made my way down to what looks like the breakfast room/restaurant, but no one except for hotel employees is here yet. Unfortunately, they don’t speak much English, and I don’t talk much Bulgarian. You really don’t get far, if your language skills stop after saying hello, yes, and no … oh