And so it happened. Two EVS projects, ours and that of Smart Foundation, the people of which, incidentally, we have our Bulgarian classes together with, we decided all together to head out to Veliko (Bulgarian for great) Tarnovo for the weekend - 4 hours from Sofia by train and 25lv each for the return ticket.
|Everybody was sleeping and missed the fantastic winter view|
outside the train window. Well, not exactly everyone...
We spent Saturday night in Hostel Mostel which turned out to be a fantastic choice: 20lv each for a shared bedroom + light dinner (a kind of curry rice) + a free beer and breakfast. But that's not all. What really made it stand out for us was the very cheap local beers they had in the fridge in the common area, free for all to pick at will and pay for at check-out for the very low price of 1,30lv per bottle. Let me just say that some of us took better advantage of this deal than others.
|Hostel Mostel. Innocent enough during the day...|
|...but a haven for evil drinking games at night!|
The highlights of our two days and a night in Veliko Tarnovo would be:
• Visiting the City Library, home to many old publications and books and staffed by people really keen to show us around:
|April 1st, 1933|
|Our mentor and trip manager Boris with|
the kind and helpful employee of the library.
|The library doubles as a museum.|
•Tsarevets, the old fortress of Veliko Tarnovo and probably its most iconic symbol.
Again, the pictures don't do the place justice, so here's my suggestion: you go there as soon as possible and experience "the city of Tsars" for yourself. We know we will; just imagine all the above in brilliant green!
|A truly international party.|