Our entrance to Bulgaria was quite unique compared to other border crossings. Both Romania & Bulgaria are not full EU members, so the crossing requires a short immigration/customs checkpoint. Our friends (Calin & Mihai) drove us down the Black Sea coast to Cape Kaliakra for fresh mussels and a dip in the lagoon. They were kind enough to then drop us off in Varna to catch a bus to the 13th century capital city of Veliko Tarnovo.
We randomly met Neda & Jeff Fields back in January as our world adventure began. It was at a time when extended world travel was simultaneously new, super exciting and a bit scary. The only thing missing was close friendship and a deep connection to “home”. We stopped at a hotel for a potty break and suddenly found ourselves talking with our new friends. Jeff is from a town very close to ours and Neda partly grew up in Springfield, Missouri. We quickly learned that Neda was originally from Stara Zagora, Bulgaria and still had deep ties to her homeland. That day was one of our most memorable as we walked the local street markets around Chumpon, Thailand. Most notably, we enjoyed their adventurous spirit as we watched hacky-sack handball and tried fried grasshopper snacks. Continue Reading