Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
158Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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Stocked up with supplies I hit the road. The road veered straight up out of the town and it was one hell of a climb before I could even contemplate relaxing again. What goes up must come down and oh boy did it come down. I was rewarded with a very long descent which I made the most of trying to pretend I was racing like back in the day.
This was the pattern of today, I only did 58 miles but it was either straight up or straight down
Straight away I could tell I was in Bulgaria. Everything here seems a lot more delapidated, where as Serbia was rustic, Bulgaria is just run down. I recruited the whole village to help me find Rafael's place. He is a Peace Corps volunteer from San Fransisco and has been working here for a year at a local school. He has learnt fluent Bulgarian and even has his own little flat which is paid for by Peace corps. Lets just say the bathroom is rustic, there is definitely not a whirlpool bath here!
In Bulgaria Rafeal tells me that they have name days . So tomorrow is Petrov day which means that all the people with that surname celebrate. We have been invited by the villagers to come along, so tomorrow I suspect I will encounter more rajckia and also the sacrifing of a lamb. Its great that Rafael links here, he has managed to find me a place to stay in Lom the day after tomorrow, so it looks like I won't be camping.
A beer here costs 70p, so I suspect I will be living a little more decadently than the past few weeks. Bring on the bling, maybe some caviar as well. Ha ha ha