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Fun times in Koprivshtitsa - Eldad, Me, Evan and Emil


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Do I look like a tourist or what??!!


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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia - It is even more impressive on the inside than on the outside!


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Evan and Eldad - Rositsa's surfers. We had a lovely dinner and tour of the city and a great time roadtripping to Koprivshtitsa.


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Evan was amazing - just 21 years old, he spent his adolescence playing video games and weighing in at just over 300 pounds. He decided one day to change his life and did! He lost the weight and is now traveling the world. He learned before his second decade the power we all have to create the lives we want. Way to go Evan!


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Me at Rila Monastery


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MMM, I love Bulgarian food!


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Wow - 65 cent beer. Actually not even. In US cents it is about 40cents - imagine!!


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Due to space constraints they took to converting car garages into bars. They are scattered throughout Sofia, a definite Bulgarian icon as are chain smoking and chain drinking. With beer and cigarettes this cheap, why not?!


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Even I drink beer in Bulgaria!!


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Beautiful Bulgarian Countryside!


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Lovely architecture of Koprivshtitsa


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One of many house museums in Koprivshtitsa built during the Bulgarian Revival.


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My wonderful tourguide, Rositsa, and her boyfriend Emil.


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Orthodox church build in Koprivshtitsa during the 1800s. My first candle lighting in Eastern Europe.


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Eldad, Emil, Rositsa, me and Evan in the streets of Koprivshtitsa


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Aren't they cute - adorned with the plant of health and symbol of mate seeking ;-)


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These kids were too cute!! We had fun dancing


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No Woman, No Pride...


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There are great little cafes with loads of salads, beer, and hearty foods to choose from everywhere, even the smallest of towns!


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I love the Bulgarian cafes with their bench table laden astroturf and beer-sporting umbrellas!


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Roman ruins near the town of Haysar


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My friend Giorgio would say she has a nice smile ;-)


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Eldad and Emil drinking beer. Emil was the quintessential Bulgarian man - never went more than an hour without a beer or five minutes without a cigarette! Eldad didn't even try to keep up but he enjoyed joining in now and again!


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Beautiful, sensuous, ripe, luscious cherries! Mmmmm.....


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Eldad, me, and Evan - what fun in the backseat!


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Evan saying goodbye to Rositsa...


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Loic, the couchsurfier who stayed one night with me and the family, showing Vlady how to string a guitar.


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Now Angel has joined the fun!


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Ralitza and Angel - so precious, both of them


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Vlady dancing to MTV with his little brother


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Ralitza getting down to Bulgarian MTV!


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Li'l Angel - what a cutie!


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Now the whole family is getting down!


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Vlady signing my book at dinner...


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Our wonderful dinner set high above Sofia. It was unexpectedly cold and I was lovingly wrapped in a Winnie the Pooh blanket!


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Me and Ralitza


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See what I mean about Orlin's twinkling eyes?!


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I love seeing couples so much in love!


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Goddess (or is it Saint?) Sofia - the Russians promoted atheism so for awhile Saint Sofia became Goddess Sofia.


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What is this sculpture - The Flinstonemobil???


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Just one example of the beautiful architecture in downtown Sofia


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The antique market outside Alexander Neveski Cathedral was amazing - Russian, German, Bulgarian and Turkish war artifacts, flasks, medals, all things imaginable next to antique costume jewelry and household goods.


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Hey! Weren't you in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome???!!!


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Yes, I do love the Bulgarian cherries!


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The little town known as "cleaning up after the rams" was filled with storks - nests lined every rooftop as parents swooped through the sky and babies waited to be fed.


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Rositsa and Emil - the hosts with the mosts! Notice Emil always has a beer!


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