to Rila monastery
Rila Travel Blog› entry 22 of 68 › view all entries
April 30th, 2008 – by: tacco14
In the morning I and a Japanese girl, who I had met yesterday at the hostel, took a tram (No.5) from the city centre in Sofia to Ovcha Kupel bus terminal.
At the tram stop one stop before, two tram inspectors got on the tram. As soon as they found us, they came closer to us ignoring other local passengers and asked us to show them the tram ticket, so we did (Actually I didn't understand what they had said but it seemed like that). Then, they shouted something and I knew it might happen.
When we arrived at the ovcha kupel tram stop, we got off together and kept talking at the platform (It wasn't "talk", though). I really didn't want to pay money but we were running out of the time. It was about the bus to the monastery leave. If we talked more, we would miss the bus.
The bus to the monastry was not like a bus, but a van. We were the last passenger. I recommend you to get to the bus terminal earlier to get a seat in the bus and to avoid those inspectors.
After having a break in Rila village, we arrived at the Rila monastery around 1pm. Going through the gate and we found the Church in front, the church with beautiful frescos. A monk was passing. Amazingl!
We took some photos and then went to the reception to book beds for tonight. It costs 30lei for one bed in a domitory room in the monastery for one night. Normally, tourists go back to Sofia on the same day they visit the monastery taking the bus around 3pm, staying here only for 2 hours. After 3pm, there were only few tourists and it became so quiet. The view at night was fantastic. I love the colour of the dark blue sky right after the sunset. It's the best time to take a photo.
Here was one problem. The restaurant and the bakery at the back of the monastery was closed in the evening. We had no food. We asked a monk if there was another restaurant. He said "about 10 minutes by car" and asked us to wait a bit then disappeared. Soon he came back and gave us boiled eggs, sausages and breads. Those must be his food. How kind!
Our day started with unkind and ended with kind.
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