Guest post by Sher BonDurant.
I’m obsessed with Europe and explore new countries in this fascinating continent every year. Even though I knew nothing about Bulgaria, I considered traveling there this past spring. I change my mind often when I’m in the beginning stages of deciding where to go. Someone mentioned Italy, and after doing some research, Italy won.
For no particular reason, I couldn’t stop thinking about Bulgaria, so I borrowed a travel video from the library to try and satisfy my curiosity. I didn’t even get to the end to realize that it would be a must on my bucket list soon. Bulgaria looks rich with culture, lush greens, architecture and beaches. It also appears there is no end to locals dancing in brilliant costumes.
The first and most noteworthy piece I took away from one of the videos was the Rila Monastery. I was fixated with this gorgeous building enveloped by mountains. I went online and discovered that the Monastery actually rents out basic rooms for a minimal charge. Color me happy and sign me up!
This photo of Rila is courtesy of TripAdvisor
To make the trip even more intoxicating, a story caught my eye written by a woman who experienced some of the ethical farm stays in Bulgaria, including The Wild Farm and Wild Thyme Farm. These farm stays introduce travelers to a rural, hands-on experience that look and sound like a dream. Read this very interesting article by Kapka Kassabova and learn how you can take part in this unparalleled experience.
I hope I have stirred up some enthusiasm and interest to make the Rila Monastery and an ethical farm stay part of your future travel plans. I will be taking this journey next spring (no mind changing this time), and ready to be spiritually awakened and feed some calves while dressed like a Bulgarian maiden. 🙂