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Visit to Rila Monastery – the essentials

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The Monastery of St. John of Rila, aka the Rila Monastery, is one of nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bulgaria and probably the most famous one.

In case this 1000 year old stronghold of Christian Orthodox faith is on your to-do list while visiting our beautiful country, here are a couple of things you should know …

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Daring the Notorious Pirin Mountain Ridge in April

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I guess most of you, or at least some, know how it feels like to get out of bed with the thought that today you want to do something you have never done before. Well, it is actually something that I experience quite often and waking up one morning two weeks ago was no different.

That being said, I decided to trek the notorious and sometimes quite scary Pirin Ridge. This is one of the longest and most challenging routs in Bulgaria – some 18 km long and usually takes about 10 hours to complete. I had attempted it twice before in summer and with almost perfect conditions, but both times something got in the way. So, I figured, let’s try in not so perfect, semi-wintery conditions in April … might actually work this time.

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