Monday, November 27, 2006

Rila National Park

The second weekend in October we used the school van, a 1980 blue old beater that the international teachers get to use on nights and weekends, to go on a hiking adventure up into the Rila Mountains. These are located in the southwestern parts of the country. The participating persons were Gordon, Greg, Aaron, Vinci, Kazaka, Martin, Vlado and I. We drove up on Friday afternoon and returned on Sunday evening. It was a 2 hour drive and 1 hour hike in the dark up to a large rectangular cement building in the middle of nowhere with the moto "Tuka e Taka" which means "If you dont like it, you can leave". Needless to say, the management had the attidues to match and we spent as little time as possible at the lodging. We hiked for about 7 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday. It was a drippy weekend and foggy, but we got to do some exploring in the beautiful country side. We used peanut butter as fodder to feed wild bulgarians we encountered.

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