We went to Bulgaria again after two years. That time we were only my friend Horst and I. We booked the three star 'Martinez' hotel in the town of Sozopol, but TUI offered us the four star ‘Globus’ hotel in Sunny Beach without any additional payment, because the first one was still under constructions. We agreed immediately.
The 'Globus' was better than the 'Pirin' hotel with two categories, and here we felt very well. We quickly established contacts with the staff, working at the swimming pool stand. We became friends quite fast with the bar-tenders Petar and Diyan and with the waitress Rissi. The two sisters, whose names I unfortunately don’t remember, were very kind as well. One of them was a waitress and the other one was a lifeguard at the swimming pool.
We visited the 'Carribi' restaurant again. Zdravko and Jenya recognized us immediately, although we hadn’t been there for a whole year. Maya wasn’t working there anymore. They told us that she was working in Italy.
And the 'Happy Bar and Grill' restaurant didn’t exist anymore. The building was there but inside there was a completely different restaurant. We knew nobody there and that’s why we spent out time at times in the 'Carribi' bar, at the others in the bars of the 'Globus' hotel.
We went on several trips around the country during these three weeks. First, we visited the town of Sozopol to see the ‘Martinez’ hotel that we had actually booked. In fact it was one big building site.
After the trip to Sozopol we signed for the so called panoramic trip with one taxi driver. The town of Pomorie was our first stop. There we saw one monastery. We didn’t manage to visit the rakiya factory because we didn’t have an appointment. Then we directed towards the Stara Planina Mountains. Traveling through the villages was the most interesting thing. We saw pretty much of this region. We had a lunch in a private 'restaurant' in a small village. This village was the final target of our trip. People there had an additional agriculture. They were dealing with potatoes growing and fruit growing. Moreover they were breeding hens and goats.
We had our meal under a shelter in the backyard of a house, where there were other taxi drivers together with their clients- tourists like us. They feasted us in a Bulgarian custom. First it was the rakiya• and the salad- a typical Bulgarian meal starter. Then they served us a bean soup and fresh backed bread. This bean soup was the first and the only Lenten fare that I liked. They treated us to lemonade and wine. I chose very quickly what I would drink- we had a taxi driver after all. At the end we got back to Sunny Beach.
•rakiya-a typical national Bulgarian alcoholic drink
Another trip led us to Varna. There we saw the famous cathedral. We enjoyed the show of the dolphins.
We saw the town of Sliven and the blue rocks - part of the Balkan Mountains during another trip.
The tourist guides informed us in details about the Bulgarian history during all the trips that we made. Almost the 500 year Turkish oppression participated in every lecture and obviously had left a deep trauma in the consciousness of the Bulgarians. The more I knew Bulgaria the more my interest towards this country was getting bigger. And it was completely obvious to me where I was going to spend my holidays in the future.
In the middle of September I was again at home. I took my first lesson in Bulgarian in November.