Holland-Turkey: Stage 3
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On my way from Holland to Turkey the sixth country I visited was Bulgaria. From the south-Serbian city Nis I took to bus to Sofia where I was welcomed by my Bulgarian hosts, living in a typical East European suburb, in a gray, concrete flat. Nature lovers as they were, they took me out on two hiking trips in the mountains east and south of the country's capital.
The first one was in Koprivnitsa, a nice countryside town where they still used horses and chariots for transportation, and where you can see the real Bulgarian country life. The hills around the town are green and very colourful because of the thousands of flowers that can be found here. The second hike was an even more spectacular one: to the mountains of Rila. The tour we made here was the toughest walk I ever made: an 8 hours climb all the way up to the top of the Rila Mountains, passing all the seven lakes that are scattered around the slope of the mountain. It was a huge effort, but the landscape I saw here definitely was the most beautiful I've ever seen in Europe!
The last day in Bulgaria I spent in Sofia, exploring the city on my own. Great to see the old Soviet buildings here, the parks, the old men playing chess and backgammon, the nice Bulgarian ladies and the odd combination of huge modern cars and old Russian ones side by side in the streets. That same night I went back to the busstation where I arrived to take to nightbus to my last country: to Turkey.