Sunday, August 26, 2012

Асенова крепост (Asen's Fortress)

I first saw Асенова крепост (Asen's Fortress) when I visited Бачковски манастир (Bachkovo Monastery) a few years ago. I'd been wanting to get up and see it ever since. A few months back, I finally did.

A shot of the fortress, perched precariously on a rocky ledge.

A couple closer shots of the church.

At the top.

A view toward Asenovgrad.

A view in the other direction.

Чудните мостове (The Marvelous Bridges)

I'd been wanting to visit Чудните мостове (the Marvelous Bridges) since first seeing photos of them. Unfortunately, their remote location made that almost impossible given the prohibition against me driving in Bulgaria. But when some friends came to visit and rented a car, they were more than happy to take a detour to see this natural wonder. We all agreed it was a wise decision.

The detour.

The natural bridges.

A rainbow on the way out.

Долен (Dolen)

After a few unsuccessful attempts at hiking to Долен (Dolen), we ultimately gave in and had a friend drive us there. Долен is a small village that combines aspects of Горно Дряново (Gorno Dryanovo), Лещен (Leshten), and Ковачевица (Kovachevitsa). Divided in two, the new part of the village is something like a mini version of Gorno Dryanovo, while the old part - an architectural reserve - is something of a mix between Leshten and Kovachevitsa. If you want to escape the rat race, you really can't go wrong spending time in any of these places.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Крушунските водопади (Krushuna Falls)

Located about thirty minutes from the town of Ловеч (Lovech), Крушунските водопади (Krushuna Falls) is perhaps the most photographed series of waterfalls in Bulgaria. It's a beautiful place, but it doesn't warrant nearly as much attention as it receives. In fact, I suspect the main reason it's so popular is because it's so easily accessible. In my opinion, there are lots of other things in Bulgaria worth seeing before Krushuna Falls, and it's hard to justify making a special trip to visit the place. But, if you're already in the area, it's worth a quick stop.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Snapshots of Bulgaria

The Peace Corps will be in Bulgaria for another year or so. Among other things, the final year is about leaving behind a legacy of sorts. One project currently being undertaken in this regard is Snapshot Legacy.

Snapshot Legacy is a personal legacy project for Peace Corps volunteers and Returned Peace Corps volunteers who have served in Bulgaria. Through a collection of photos and essays, Snapshot Legacy allows volunteers to share their unique day-to-day reality in Bulgaria. I encourage you to check it out.