Driving back to Fazanovo!

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Stefan in front of the Marinka Village sign

The drive back to Fazanovo was quite interesting! We actually ended up driving through all the backroads, as my brother wanted to pass by and see the village where his girlfriend grew up in, so we explored all of the little villages in between. The goal was driving throu the village Marinka, but we discovered a couple that were just amazing.

From Burgas going south, there are three big lakes, which I believe are man made to collect fresh water for farming. The great thing about these lakes is they attract one of my favorite birds in Bulgaria, the stork. These villages had stork nests on every single light pole, with at least 3 little baby storks! It was absolutely unbelivable as I havent seen a stork in real life since I was 7 years old.

A stork family
I was jumping out of the car every couple of minutes to take pictures and look at them. Absolutely beautiful! And the babies were so huge!!!! Some were bigger than the parents! It was such an interesting sight!

Then, as we were driving from village to village, we ended up in a village called Dimchevo, which is funny because that was my mothers family name! The interesting thing is though, that we actually discovered that it must be renamed right away to Shturkelovo, as I have never in my life fathomed so many storks in one place!!!! It was absolutely incredible! Everywhere you look, I even got tired of jumping out of the car, and it almost became normal to me hahahah!

Anyway, we kept driving on, and ended up in yet another little village where they have annual sculpture shows and competitions.

Learning to fly
The whole village gathers up artists throughout Bulgaria, gives them housing in the village, and has them work on their sculptures a couple of months prior to the show. I dont quite remember the name of the village at the moment, but it was a very pictureque little place, with sculptures everywhere. It was all great except for the attitude of the artists, an artist is humble, shows pride in his work, but doesnt talk down to people like a millionaire. We were so excited about finding other artists on this crazy little adventure, that we went over and introduced ourselves, telling him that my father is a sculpture, and the rest of my family are artists. Just asking the school they went to and if maybe they went to the same classes...etc...as they were the same age, and in Bulgaria theres only a few good art schools, and they intermix constantly.
Zidarovo & Prisad, got a little lost hahaha
He just gave a dry reply, saying that he didnt correspond with fine artists, only with sculptures and left it at that and turned his back to us. There was an interesting dialoge from there, which I will not go into detail with...haha....and we headed on our way through the little backroads enjoying the views.

There was one thing that sticks out in my head during this drive in particular, aside from the storks of course, and that was the massive fires that we saw. There was full hills, crops and all, houses and vineyards burned to a crips. We even saw an active fire burning down a farm! It was a painful sight, you are looking around at the green rolling hills, and each time you turn you all the sudden see a gigantic black mass...everywhere....through the road, on both sides of the street. It really was very sad.

On one side of Bulgaria there was so much rain that people drownd from landslides and flooding, while the other side is burning to a crisp. Crops were destroyed, forests were burned, and lives were lost. It was really very sad.

From there we continued, and stopped in Lozenets to pick up some groceries and have a quick lunch. Only to reach Fazanovo with yet another ineteresting surprise and scare.....

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Stefan in front of the Marinka Vil…
Stefan in front of the Marinka Vi…
A stork family
A stork family
Learning to fly
Learning to fly
Zidarovo & Prisad, got a little lo…
Zidarovo & Prisad, got a little l…
A sculptor....
A sculptor....
In the sculptors village - more st…
In the sculptors village - more s…
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Baba Gani caught!!!!! hahaha! She…
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