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BBC LE Student Blogger | 12:32 UK time, Tuesday, 18 January 2011

From Jan, Bulgaria

Jan

Hello to all of you!
Today I keep telling you about Bulgaria. This time the story will be about my New Year vacation at the ski resort, which name is Bansko. By the way, this is my sister Kate on the picture!

Bansko

I'd like to represent you Bansko in a few details. It is not only a modern ski resort. It's an ancient town in southwestern Bulgaria. There are several old houses at the outskirts of the town, which date to 100 BC. Also it's a birthplace of Bulgarian poet Nikola Vaptsarov and Bulgarian enlighteners Paisiy Hilendarski and Neofit Rilski. This town is like a museum actually! When you walk along these narrow streets among the ancient architectured houses, you could really feel the atmosphere of a past!
Now Bansko is the most popular Bulgarian winter resort. It's located at the foot of Pirin mountain at an altitude of 925 m above sea level. There are a lot of spa hotels because of many mineral springs there. Even in your room you could take a bath with mineral water!
It must be agreed that Pirin is astonished with its great views! And it attracts many many people from all Europe. Just look at this picture!

Pirin

It has the skiing tracks, which are suitable for riders on different levels. So my sister was very pleased with this fact because she's an experienced snowboarder.

Snowboarding

As for me, it was the first time I tried to ride a snowboard. What can I say! It hurts! During our holiday my sister's boyfriend, whose name is Alex, had a Birthday. We decided to celebrate it in Sofia. On our way to Sofia we visited the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria, Rila Monastery. Look at the picture and see an amazing difference between left and right side of the mountains!
Rila

If you every visit this place, you have to taste Bulgarian trout from the mountain river, lying at your feet, and a flavored honey from the hillside!
At the end of my story I should say that the Birthday party was amazing! We went out and visited several bars, tasted molecular cocktails and even managed a piece of cake with candle! You could see how funny Alex makes a wish! Let it come true!

Alex

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Hello Jan, What a nice Vacation you had!!! thanks for introducing us the ancient town Bansko and also for these amusing pictures. You can name your picture album as "The vacation at Bansko" or simply as "The Happiness".

    Arnob Sharif
    Bangladesh

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Jan, you made me want to visit Bulgaria. I am also very fond of winter sports, I do skiing; cross-country and downhill. We have a vocational cottage near the ski slopes here in Northern Finland.
    Leila from Oulu

  • Comment number 3.

    Hello Jan,
    How nice to see you again! I've been wondering when it would be your turn on this open blog... It's good to see you are doing alright. Obviously you are making the most of your life, as ever.
    I'm racking my brain for those mysterious "molecular cocktails" - have you mentioned them before? I can't remember. Anyway, thank you for the photos, too! Whatever Alex wishes for, he seems to really, really want it, doesn't he?
    All the best,
    Elisabeth from Austria

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi dear Jan , Lovely to see you here again !
    Thank you to keep going the good Job of introducing magnificent Bulgaria to us . Recently I knew there are many tours from Iran to Bulgaria .As a usual I really amazed by your good talent at writing …. Lovely to see your sister kate and her boyfriend Alex . Kate seems a bit naughty and Alex seems so kind and friendly . So you had a lovely winter holiday : ) I hadn't a snowy holiday so far ( I mean in a ski resort ) . Actaully there is a small ski resort very near to my city . What a shame I havn't tried it yet : ( my citiy is 1500 meter above see level and Sabalan mountain is 3511 meters above see level . when I read that Bansko is 925 meter above sea level I really wondered .It 's how different places have different weather conditions . I must confess your recent Blog really tempted me to have a snowy holiday .
    At the end I wish you a happy and healthy year 2011
    Keep going your adventure girl !
    Kisses
    Pary from Iran

  • Comment number 5.

    hallo Jan
    nice to read your words because of snow .There chilling feel in your words.Your words about winter are gving a pleasure. The name Sofia is cute which is the capital of Bulgeria.I hope your vocation was amazing.
    all best wishes

    Jayan Edakkat
    INDIA

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Jan!
    thanks for the nice post! sounds like you had a lot of fun:)
    looking at these pics and reading the post ... i want to Bulgaria))
    best wishes to you!
    Veronika,
    Belarus

  • Comment number 7.

    hi~ jan
    Nice to read your essay.. you make me want to see your country and to eat Bulgarian trout.
    i enjoy eatting new one when i travel.

    Alex's facial expression is soooooo cute. he seems really want something.
    take care yourself

    from Korean girl who want to be friend with you.
    Peelnam Yun

  • Comment number 8.

    Hello Jan,
    it was nice to hear about ski resort in Bulgaria. To be honest I connected Bulgaria with holiday journay to the Black Sea.

    Great Birthday party :)

    Greetings
    Ewa

  • Comment number 9.

    Hello my dear friends!

    Thank to all of you to your comments. It was really good and happy time there in Bulgaria, and I'm glad to say welcome to every of you who wants to visit this amazing European country!

    To Elisabeth: I haven't mentioned molecular cocktails before, so there is a link about how it's made.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvO_566t36k&feature=related

    To Pary: Thank you for your wishes! I wish you and all of us good health and great luck in 2011!

    To Jayan Edakkat: You wrote about the capital of Bulgaria and I was wondering weather it could be interesting for you to know more details about Sofia. Check this out:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oUwgGLiz0c

    To Peelnam Yun: Bulgaria is a place there you could find everything - the Black see,lots of mountains, many many beautiful lakes, rivers, forest, caves, fields, hills... even extinct volcano Vitosha in Sofia!

    Thank you again! It is always a great pleasure to chat with you!
    See you soon!
    Best wishes,
    Jan

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi Jan!

    It's just great you've had a first snowboarding experience this year! So have I :) And I completely agree with you - it hurts, it really does!! :))

    I loved your pictures!! Keep snowboarding ^_^

    Marina the Pocahontas, Kazakhstan

  • Comment number 11.

    I realy wonder the Sofia and also ı really lucky person because I live in Turkey and as you know Turkey is near the bulgaria.

    I noticed that ı can go this country.I grateful for your good explanations.

    thanks for everything

    good bye.

    P.S. sorry for my poor english

  • Comment number 12.

    your vocation is very rich and colorful ! I feel i had gone with you ! the view is so beauty! i am chinese in order to learn english i read your blog!

  • Comment number 13.

    Hello Jan
    Congratulation for your wonderful vacation, though I know nothing about Bansko you made me to like it. I would have liked visiting to Bansko once.
    indeed i like such kind of blogs because it is a method to momrise and learn english words and phrases.
    thank you agai n for your nice pictures, see you again in the field of blogs . bye

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Jan ~
    It sounds you had a good time there .I love travel very much .Every year I travel with my families ,my dad has been most provinces in China .And for me ,Europe is my dream .Bulgaria is definitely a good choice ~Thank you for sharing the experience ~~
    Katherine ,from China

  • Comment number 15.

    I am one hundred percent certain that any user who reads this Blog will immediately have a great desire to visit Bansko. Do you have a degree in Marketing? If you don’t I think you should consider it since you really have a natural talent of the art. Trust me! I have never been to Bulgaria and this is the first time I am hearing of this place but I am compelled to call my Travel agent to schedule a flight to Bansko for the winter. You have a gift girl! I enjoyed reading through your blogs. Your vacations must have been fun-filled and stimulating. In addition, the pictures you posted definitely complimented your blog post. I have to go now. My travel agent is on the next end of the telephone line. This is certainly Globalization in action!

 

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