Sea, Sun and Frugal Earthy Magic
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Bulgarians can be very superstitious people. Despite the fact that I am ‘a rationalist’ it is not possible to escape completely your background. Strange beliefs, mysticism and fatalism run deep in my blood and often come out dressed in scientific justification.
For Bulgarians being at the seaside is pure magic. Reputedly it keep your children healthier, it helps with all kinds of ailments including rheumatism, arthritis, respiratory problems, headache, skin conditions and being overweight. Spending some time at the seaside also, according to the lore of my ancestors, makes you attractive and healthy looking.
I don’t know about headache, slimming and attractiveness but I do believe that a week or two basking in the sun, sea and sand does us only good. This is why there have been very few summers when we have missed spending some time at the sea somewhere warm (just making this clear because we spent three days at the sea in the UK and it rained two of those).
This year we:
- Had to go to the North so that travel to where I am selling property is straight forward. Hence, we booked a studio in charming family hotel called Efos in St. St. Konstantin and Elena. Ended up booking a separate room for our son who is growing up and needs his own space (we need our space as well). For a week, for the three of us (including breakfast, dinner, the occasional beer and a trip) this costs us £570 ($888).
- Decided not to hire a car but use public transport and taxi (where public transport is problematic. As a result, we not only had great, restful time – you will be surprised how good it feels not to drive over 1,000 km but read, watch videos and rest – but my rough calculations show that travel costs us half of what we would have spent if we rented a car.
- Were charming lucky and got quite a few things free. Let’s say that we paid for an umbrella and beach-chairs only twice for the whole week; the rest of the time we just went to the beach a bit later and no one came to collect. On top of that, I swam everyday for about fifty minutes in a very nice swimming pool for a smile at the life-guards (they were men and women so don’t get excited); they simply refused to charge me the £25 that this would have costs me otherwise.
This holiday village was nice but inexpensive anyway. So we could have this
for slightly over £1 ($1.55). Last night we went to a decent pizza place and had dinner for less than £10 ($16) – this included beer and drink for our son. Great!
This is the swimming pool where I did all this swimming, I’ve been telling you about.
We also visited a truly magical place: the Stone Forest near Varna. Apparently, the whole area used to be under water and after the sea retreated these columns of stone formed; amongst the columns is the finest sand I’ve ever walked on. Here are some pictures.
There is a Circle of Wishes where people can send wishes to the Universe; reputedly the whole area is a centre of cosmic energy and walking barefoot one soaks good, positive cosmic vibes.
And you can all see what is that: the greatest magic of all!
All in all, we had a fun holiday by the sea and be frugal artists as well; nothing beat the way this feels.
This is all for today, my friends. Tomorrow, I’ll be diving back into administrative issues so wish me luck.