|Autumn in Bulgaria|
We arrived at the monastery and were the only tourists. Rila Monastery was beautifully nestled into a valley in the early morning light.
We decided to have brunch after touring the monastery and then went for a walk along the river. It was a cold but beautiful fall morning.
As I climbed up along the trail, I passed two men chopping down trees. I waited so I was certain they saw me and waved hello to them. They had a horse that pulled large logs down the hillside to a clearing where they chopped the log into firewood.
I returned to the monastery and found mom waiting for me. We decided to go have a glass of wine before the 3:00 PM bus. Then we caught the bus back to Rila Village and the next bus back to Blageovgrad. We had planned to catch the 1:00 PM train but we missed it and had to take the 7:00 PM train onward to the capital, Sofia. We waited at a café and enjoyed a nice drink and dinner before we left the city.
|Guess who had hot chocolate and who had the beer.|
Yes, Cindy had a hot chocolate while I enjoyed a delicious lager. The food here in Bulgaria was fresh and delicious! I loved the shopska salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives and a soft white cheese). So yummy and fresh! But huge portions! And I ate the whole platter of salad! We are in shock at the size of the salads and realized it is time to start sharing a salad. Not because it is expensive (less than $2) but just too much to eat most of the time.
After dinner, we loaded up our backpacks and walked to the train station. Next stop, Sofia- the capital of Bulgaria.