|An absolutely beautiful old church.|
|Alex and Vera drinking from the hot springs water that was fixed into fountains. It was supposed to cure you of diseases, however, I know that Alex and I at least got a cold after drinking it, I'm not sure about Vera. I think I'd say that it seems rather counter-productive, unless it's a "You've got to get worse to get better" mentality.|
In spite of the ghastly way I chose to treat my feet while walking around that day, I think it was a wonderful adventure. Jet lag screamed at me from about noon on, which was interesting, since noon in Bulgaria is only 6pm in Korea, but I suppose my midnight departure contributed. In spite of all that, my biggest regret may have been leaving behind a beautiful violin with a carved scroll that I found in a market. It was in atrocious condition, having been used instead of paper for someone to track numbers, with cracks around the end peg, so I knew there would be a heart-stopping cost to refurbish it, but I fell in love with it. Sadly, the woman was asking a bit too much for it, compared to the repair costs, and I couldn't justify it at this juncture in life. I would have haggled, but she seems entirely non-haggle friendly. Perhaps it was my clear non-Bulgarian-ness, or because she didn't know that I would have happily gone and withdrawn the money from my bank account if a number came up that seemed more reasonable. My biggest hangup was that I didn't feel confident in my appraisal abilities. Perhaps I should study up on that, so that this won't happen again.
Look for more posts about my trip soon!