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Day trip to Veliko Tarnovo with Martin, Janna, Elizabeth and Max.

Janna and Martin looking fabulous.

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My favorite neighbours Max and Elizabeth.

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Max is terrified of heights.

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Local beer.

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Ninja turtle.

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Beautiful restaurant with lousy food. This is my mushy salad…the bacon is the only edible part.

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Matt’s watery soup.

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Soggy deep-fried frog legs.

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Veliko Tarnovo is so pretty!

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Hanging out at my favorite Veliko Tarno restaurant overlooking the valley.

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Bread with pears and prosciutto.

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Oxtail and mushrooms.

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Lamb and beef meatballs.

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Pesto chicken.

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We are always having a good time!

Massive poolside shrimp party.

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Max.

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I made homemade cocktail sauce*, very exotic for the Russians.

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Sisters Diana & Margot.

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Russian vodka and caviar (sitting on a massive layer of butter). YES!

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We party like this every night.

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Fuzzy picture of my sweet neighbours Elizabeth and Max.

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Homemade cocktail sauce
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Serving Size
258g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 183
Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2717mg
113%
Total Carbohydrates 45g
15%
Dietary Fiber 4g
18%
Sugars 37g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
22%
Vitamin C
80%
Calcium
9%
Iron
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  2. 1/2 cup Horseradish
  3. 3 shakes of Worcester sauce
  4. 2 shakes of Soy Sauce
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Neptune / Gerber B.B.Q. party with our beautiful Neighbours!

Every year our building gets together and throws a large party for the kids. Both kids and adults alike dress up in costumes and perform a Neptune themed play. Next, they compete head to head in a silly swimming competition. After all the craziness, everyone dries off and returns to the parking lot for a huge B.B.Q. dance party. This year we partied until 2am!  

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The winners are announced.

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Fresh homemade dill pickles with cucumbers and sweet Bulgarian tomatoes.

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Serious grilling.

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My beautiful cat-sitters.

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Hero of the day, Matt with his air pump.

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Kamenitza beer at the kiddy table.

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The kids get to eat first. Smart!

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My neighbour Vitalina.

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Kid attack!

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Funniest person of all 4 Gerber buildings, the kids just love him.

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I want to learn Russian just so I can talk with her.

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OMG! Is that DJ Nick??? How did he get into our Gerber party?

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Russians don’t mess around with B.B.Q. parties; it’s pork, chicken, pickles, tomatoes and lots of booze. No desserts or stupid chip bowls, just meat and drinks.

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Our DJ got surprised by the 9pm sprinklers.

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Fuzzy picture of Denis. He grew almost 7 cm this year.

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Diana, always looking stylish.

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Dancing in the background!

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We are the strangest Canadians these people have ever met.

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Next year I will be the shortest person in the building.

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We are back in the camper for another adventure.

Meeting our good friends Jenner and Dan in Thessaloniki, Greece in a couple days. Perfect opportunity to visit cool Bulgarian cities, towns and attractions along the way. Below is a picture of my home office on wheels.

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First stop the Bulgarian Aviation Museum.

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Soyuz-33 spacecraft reentry capsule.

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Hanging out in Kazanlak, Bulgaria.

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The man on the right acted as our Polish/Bulgarian translator while Matt relayed the Polish into English for me.

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This man showed us a bunch of photos of himself from his trip to NYC in 1989.

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This is a craft Bulgarian basketball hoop.

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Kazanlak Rose Festival, Bulgaria.

“The Rose Festival is one of the most remarkable events in Bulgaria, dedicated to beauty and flowers, to spring and the fragrance of the priceless Kazanlak rose.”

On Friday morning Matt and I packed up the camper and headed West to check out this event for ourselves!

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Our 3 day vacation went flawlessly. We parked under a church right at the entrance of the festival (for free), met so many people from around the world (huge bus loads of South Koreans, Americans, Polacks, etc.), went dancing until 7AM, ate the most amazing food over fascinating conversations, watched traditional folk dancing and singing, walked 15 km around the city everyday, drank with the locals sitting on apartment stoops, shopped at an outdoor market and watched old TV shows and partied in our camper.  

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Bulgaria produces about 70% of all rose oil in the world.

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A friendly looking grandmother watching the show.

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We found a great restaurant close to our house what serves contemporary Mediterranean food.

Bulgarian food is great. The produce is local and fresh, they use delicious spices (big Turkish influence) and when you go to a restaurant you can be 99% sure that you will receive a flavorful home cooked meal. With that being said and with the exception of the larger cities, every single restaurant is practically identical. They don’t even try and hide it, I speculate that someone was commissioned to take photos of various dishes, made a menu and sold it to all the restaurants in the country. Coming from a hipster, food forward town in Canada, sometimes I miss a little variety when I go out.

Yesterday Matt and I were roaming around the streets in Old Town Nesebar and stumbled upon the new Ivanoff restaurant. We were a little skeptical at first but the waiter at the door lured us in with promises we’d receive unique experience. First and foremost, the service was exceptional. Bulgarians have a different approach to customer service (as in, they just don’t do it) but the staff at Ivanoff were super friendly, attentive, passionate about their food and made an effort to convince us their restaurant was unique in the area.

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The food spoke for itself. Fresh bright flavors, well balanced, homemade and well presented. I’m not claiming food was revolutionary yet it would delight any serious foodie from around the world.  I can’t wait to go back really hungry and try more items from the menu.

We started with olives and tomato concasse on homemade garlic bread, compliments of the chef!

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Next we ordered chicken strips marinated and breaded in coconut with a mango sauce with wild mint and a Bearnaise type dipping sauce. The mango sauce was to die for, Matt and I were fighting over it!

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Then, juicy roasted chicken wings with more of that crazy mango sauce and a side of Tabasco.

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And finally, homemade berry jam with a pumpkin bonbon and a light sesame cone, also a gift from the kitchen.

Next time we will order a couple of entrees, perhaps an octopus or a duck.

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Warming up in our tent!

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Misiu getting excited!

 

 

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Matt sets up the entertainment.

 

 

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Star Wars on the laptop.

 

 

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Warm fire on the tube. This is traditional Bulgarian camping at its finest!

 

Not much to report.

Sunny Beach is completely dead at the moment and there isn’t much to do. Last weekend we were in Sofia to see a Dj show we had bought tickets to months ago. We had a great time, the weather was mild and we got to walk around everywhere and test out new street foods. The concert was a blast, the music was incredible, I ended up dancing non-stop until 6am!

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Now we are back at home and I’m doing work for a friend while Matt plays with the cats.

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Funny before and afters:

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Only one “fits”.

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Stotinki hates the camera!

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