Unique Travel Opportunities Await in Bulgaria

Guest post by Sher BonDurant.

Canoodling with nature and animals at Wild Thyme

Photograph by Evelien Bogaart at www.earthtracks.nl
Canoodling with nature and animals at Wild Thyme

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.

Lodging at Wild Thyme

Photograph by Evelien Bogaart at www.earthtracks.nl
Lodging at Wild Thyme

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.

Summer party at Wild Thyme

Summer party at Wild Thyme

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!

Rila Photos
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.

Winemaking at Wild Thyme Farm

Winemaking at Wild Thyme Farm

Stuffed peppers for dinner at Wild Thyme

Stuffed peppers for dinner at Wild Thyme

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. 🙂

Lovely outdoor setting at Wild Thyme

Lovely outdoor setting at Wild Thyme

Photo used with permission from Chris Fenton at Wild Thyme Organic Farm and Eco Retreat and Evelien Bogaart at Earth Tracks

2 thoughts on “Unique Travel Opportunities Await in Bulgaria

  1. Juliann

    Very cool! An old boyfriend of mine served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria. He loved it. I’d like to go there someday. I’m pinning this post so I don’t forget.

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    1. The Travel Wench Post author

      Glad you liked the post, I would love to visit too. Sounds like your ex probably had some unique experiences. I’m looking forward to Sher’s follow up post when she comes back, should be interesting!

      Reply

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