Marina party in Sozopol, Bulgaria.

For unknown reasons, the last few weeks we have been going to bed much later than usual (around 2 am) and waking up between 10am and 12pm. I haven’t done that since I was a teenager!

Anywhooo, fully dressed and equipped with our new camera Matt and I started our tardy morning, ready to explore the city of Sozopol, both “Old Town” and “New Town”. Not 30 meters from our van we hear the loud beat of a drum and a chorus of men singing their hearts out. The Marina’s restaurant seems to be in full festive mode…we simply couldn’t resist. As we enter, we are greeted by 14 sailors and a 6 piece band; we are quickly ushered to the long L-shaped table, served huge glasses of wine poured from old pop bottles and presented with numerous dishes. Jackpot!

 

I usually wake up before Matt and make custom Christmas crafts (we’re poor).

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The Band! If you are unfamiliar with Bulgarian folk music think; Turkish and Greek music with a sailor’s twist.

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December 6th is a Bulgarian holiday for sailors and bankers. Marking the end of the season, these sailors were in full celebration.

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Black Sea tuna fresh off the grill.

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Wine!?!

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We are told that during the winter season the sailors trade in their sailor hats for hunting vests. Below is AMAZING venison cured with fresh oregano and paprika. 

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Canada needs to dance a lot more. Drinking and dancing goes hand in hand in Europe.

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Mocking the communist era, Bulgarians like to dance with the Russian flag.

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Whiskey, a true sailor drink.

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This guy killed me, he did magic tricks with his cigarettes.

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This is the Capitan making sure that his “castaways” have plenty to drink.

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You could cut the secondhand smoke with a knife it was so thick.

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We’re seriously having the best day of our lives!

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This explains it all.

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December 6th was amazing…and we never made it out of the parking lot.

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