Village of Jeravna
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Since my fathers last trip to Bulgaria, I have been fired up about Jeravna. While he was working in Sliven, where I was born, he would spend a lot of his time in Jeravna with his friends. He says that when you go to Jeravna, it cannot be a day-trip, as you cannot leave from drinking so much non-stop. Its not the case with everyone that goes, but just him and our family as his best friend owns the main pub in the Village, which is located right in the center.
From Gadets the trip is quick, and you see the village as you go over a hill in the distance. A beautiful little village tucked away in the mountain slope. History hits you as you enter, and you are taken back in time.
Our first stop is at my fathers friends pub and horse "ranch". Randio has a great business.
Either way, my mom went in to talk to him to see how he is doing, and we went on our happy way and let him rest. Touring this beautiful little village was absolutely amazing. As my brothers camera is 100 times better than mine, I would snatch it from him to capture the beautiful buildings. Which caused lots of ruckuss and fighting. We spent the entire day walking around and chasing eachother over the camera.
Absolutely beautiful buildings, the people are so calm and sweet, and it was just an alltogether beautiful day.
Eventually we made it to my fathers other friend who has a little house at the end of the village. Treated us with a yogurt drink, lots of laughs, and great stories. She has the scariest looking dog that all he wants to do is lay aruond and be pet.
After visiting with her for a while, the sun started going down, and we had to be on our way back to Gradets to meet with a friend of my grandmothers. So we headed out towards the car which was parked in front of my fathers friends pub. Much to our surprise, just as we were getting to the car Randio was just stepping out, carrying his leg and heading over to take a seat at the pub. When we asked him if he was alright and what he was up to...his answer is...."I didnt want to take the damn medication those stupid doctors were trying to give me...so Im going to go and have a nice cold glass of Rakia and soda!"
So of course we joined him and chatted a while. This man is about the age of my father, and looks as if he is 20 years old, and his wife is the most adorable little thing. She is so sweet and kind. They served us our drinks and a couple of laughs later, we needed to get going. I will be sure to spend at least a week in Jeravna on my next trip and enjoy the atmosphere and nature surrounding it. It was an incredible experience, great friends, great drink, and awesome pictures! I was so full of energy as we were heading out. Absolutely breathtaking!