After yet another all nighter preceding a couple of flights, I arrived in Varna to find a welcoming, super social, honest to goodness, backpackers hostel. My room is huge with high ceilings, air conditioning, and a large desk. This is going to be a nice relaxing six days.
Our favorite Irish, bicycling, vagabond Peter charges his electronics with a portable solar panel, and packs his megabike for the next phase of his adventure.
KATYA HOLDS FORTH IN HER NO-NONSENSE FASHION
Her spirited little boy looks well beyond his four years, and she refuses to let any school force him to be just another zombie conformist.
I shared a cab with a young lady named Nina who was staying in the hostel. She is on track to end up working for some soul-crushing company and become a good consumer. She is a free spirit and questioning the agenda others insist is what she should do. I have a feeling she will take the road less traveled. She is fluent in three languages, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I were to run into her later on down the road.
The only area of concern is that this pretty twenty-one-year-old blond is hitchhiking all over the place, so the Dad in me stopped into a store and picked her up a nice, strong pepper spray in a stylish pink canister. It would be a shame to have such a vibrant spirit crushed, and I’m sure her father would be grateful for my gesture.
The interesting thing about this petrified wood is the composition. The stone looks like limestone rather than the igneous rock that comprises other petrified forests.
PETRIFIED TREE HEAD – This one has hair on top and growing out of one ear.
ANOTHER STONE HEAD – This one has a punk haircut.
Some of the forest is reminiscent of Greco-Roman ruins as in the column in the foreground.
A STYLISH FOUNTAIN FOR FILLING A WATER BOTTLE
SEA TERRACE RESTAURANT – Offering delicious seafood and Mediterranean specialties.
Varna is a more relaxing type of seaside resort. Great for families or anyone who wants a quiet getaway. Of course, there is plenty of cheap alcohol and nighttime action at beachside clubs if you’re intent of letting it rip. One of the guys at the hostel easily found some weed as well. So there’s something for everyone here in Varna.
PANNA COTTA – MY FAVORITE ITALIAN DESSERT
THE SEA GARDEN – A LARGE PARK NEXT TO THE BLACK SEA
FLOWERS PLANTED THROUGHOUT
They know how to play the accordion in this part of the world, and this guy was good.
LIVING DINOSAURS – Ten million people worldwide have seen these lifeless, rubber, animatronic dinosaurs. I’m sure to a child they are quite a thrill, but they are probably better off going to the petting zoo in the park where they can interact with live miniature horses and goats and a whole host of other creatures. If you still feel like dinosaurs, see a Jurassic Park movie. There are even places that the kiddies can shoot guns and bows and arrows, and there is a water park beside the Black Sea.
One of the nice things about Varna is that even though it is a resort town, it is not overcrowded with tourists. There are copious quality restaurants for all budgets. The delicious kebab sandwich in the main square will run you less than $3.00.
FOREST BY THE SEA