Gorgeous times together in Rila national park (July 2022)

In July 2022 one of my best friends from Germany came to Bulgaria to travel and live with me for ten days. After I picked Michele up at the airport in Sofia, we went straight to the Rila national park.

We found a super peaceful and beautiful place in the forests. This spot… Absolutely fantastic. It was a pretty big area, that was very well-known by locals and foreigners, but it was not crowded, next to a small river and a good for Michele to arrive mentally and for us to chill.

We started to live together and had a super good time. After traveling alone for months after Cori visited me in Greece, I enjoyed the company of a well-known and deep friend. And at the same time, it was partly challenging for me. I love Michele and it’s nothing particular about him. He is a lovely, authentic, and open guy, who has inspired me so many times. I think it was just a transition from solitude into having someone around me. I felt like I got insecure and contemplative about things that I was thinking, feeling, saying, and doing. Nothing about this felt bad, but it felt like something is working inside of me.

One day, we hiked to the peak called Malyovitsa in the Rila national park. It was an awesome hike. For Michele it was the first hike that high up and long. During the hike, I felt like being in another wonderland in the Bulgarian mountains. It was magical. And it was so beautiful to see how Michele enjoyed the hike, nature, and the mountains. How he connected and got into all of it.

At one point of our hike, our route got very freestyle on steep, rough, and very loose ground. The last part of our route was very exposed, steep, and next to a cliff. At that point, we decided to abort that route and take another one. And even though that part was challenging for him, he and I did so well and always kept up so much compassion for each other.

Welcome to the magical mountains of Bulgaria (July 2022)

After the sand pyramids, I wanted to go to the high mountains again and so I headed to the mountain Bezbog.

The photos on Google Maps looked beautiful and so I was curious how it would be in real. I drove Rosinante all the way up to the Polezhan hut and from there on I lived at the small parking of the hut. The track up there got pretty offroady the last part, but no problem for Rosinante.

When I first got to the lake at the hut, I was deeply impressed by how beautiful and magical everything appeared to me. The photos can’t deliver that. It was super, super beautiful. Zauberschön, so to say. I felt like I had entered another world. A magical world up in the mountains. So green, fresh, and mystical. I loved it.

The next day I hiked on some of the summits in that area and while hiking I was flashed again and again by the beauty of these mountains. Before this hike, I never had seen lakes so high in the mountains. It felt like a different world, again. By the way: the theme melody of the first Jurassic Park movie somehow got stuck into my head. It kept repeating… all the way…

I can’t say what it is specifically that got me so moved. Maybe it’s the calm and somehow light appearance of these mountains. They are not so pompous as the Alps but still impressive, but not too impressive. They are just right and nice, at least for me.

All that beauty did flash everything of me. My mind was calm. Somehow calmed down by the impressions. I enjoyed that, as well.

And the magic mountain moments won’t end here, see the next post. It gets impressive…