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    Having a shower

    by desert_princess Updated Aug 7, 2005

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    Having a shower

    After the long ride, baby was having a well deserved shower with a plastic bottle after sweating all day long...
    We build the tents , had a dinner as the weather was getting chilly and the clowds were crawling up the sky...

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    I guess we had strong guardian angels

    by desert_princess Updated Aug 6, 2005

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    I guess we had strong guardian angels
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    I guess we had strong guardian angels, as nobody from the group of 50 persons got really hurt, and except an incident with a guy that really wanted to see how the river below looks, and slipped for about half a meter or one meter from what I've heard of the story, it all was good...

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    Dangerous place! Beware!!

    by desert_princess Written Aug 6, 2005

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    Dangerous place! Beware!!

    After following the trail in the woods for some time, we arrived at a sharp, steep and slippery turn where you were wondering if it happens you take a wrong step, where will you end? Probably some 20-30 meters down in the river....Brrrr...Not a pleasant idea

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    A village in the eastern Rhodopas

    by desert_princess Updated Aug 6, 2005

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    A village in the Eastern Rhodopas
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    A typical sight for the Eastern Rhodopas
    The Eastern Rhodopa mountains are composed of rather soft and round hills , with groups of houses spread everywhere, forming tiny villages that are even hard to be found on the map. You need a very detailed one to locate some of them...

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    The road cotinued...

    by desert_princess Written Aug 6, 2005

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    The road cotinued...
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    Still on my own , after walking on a steep rocky side of the valley, following the instructions I had to make it down to the river and cross it at its junction with another water way....You imagine that I was too scared to ride on the bike downhill as this was my first outdoor experience with such a vehicle....so I walked....

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    Spring labor

    by desert_princess Written Aug 6, 2005

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    Planting Tabac
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    These locals were planting tabac - it's what they said. The man was with bare feet working the soil and the woman putting the small plants and watering them.There are no machines - everything is done by hand like their mothers, and the mothers of their mothers...
    The women in the area were all wearing those XXL baggy pants, that a friend of mine said are very comfortable..

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    "Utrobata" cave

    by desert_princess Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    The name " Utrobata" Is litteraly translated as "Vagina". I think you already see why....
    It was used as a cult place by the thracians living in these lands centuries ago. They had improved the form of their sanctuary giving its perfect shape. The rituals dedicated to fertility included lots of wine consumption, ending up with a mass orgy to favorize the pagan gods.
    Perperikon website about a similar cave
    "here can be no doubt that this is the rock womb whose existence had been suggested on the basis of the fragmentary evidence found in ancient records. This was the place where the Orphic rite reached its climax. It was in such an Orphic temple on the island of Samothrace (modern Greek Samothráki) in the Aegean Sea off the Thracian coast that, according to the ancient authors, unmarried men who were initiated in the cult (the abi?tikos) performed sexual rituals with young Thracian women.
    The meaning of these orgies is archetypal. According to the Indo-Iranian tradition, the King died and was reborn again as a manifestation of the natural cosmic cycle. To do this, he had to climb high in the mountain and slaughter a sacrificial animal or another human, enacting his own death. He then entered into symbolic matrimony with the Mother Goddess, fecundated her and was thereby reborn. This is the ancient myth of the Lover Son, born by the Mother Goddess, who returns to her womb by the act of copulation."

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    Fire show in the Rhodopas

    by desert_princess Updated Jun 19, 2005

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    photo Borislav Denizov
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    And after the sun set down and we all had our dinner, I went in the tent sleeping as I was dead with fatigue.
    I missed the fire show....I just saw this pic after we all came back in Sofia and got angry at myself that I've slept by such a performance. Will know for next time...

    End of day one....To be continued...

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    The Start

    by desert_princess Written May 21, 2005

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    Komuniga village - photo Hristo Todev

    The trip started around noon,when we arrived at Komuniga Village,after we had unpacked and put together bikes and tires. The pouring rain that greeted us there was not very promising, but It stopped after awhile and we set sails with the wind....

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    The river to be crossed..

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 5, 2005

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    The river to be crossed..
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    This was the river to be crossed, no bridge of course, but no high waters either....That's when a part of the group joined me, as I felt releif that I am on the right way, and not being lost again...

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    A colorful Rhodopa cow

    by desert_princess Written Aug 7, 2005

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    A colorful Rhodopa cow

    Somewhere on the way we met this beauty - a colorful Rhodopa cow. I though - "that would make a nice pic"

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    Dam Studen Kladenec /means "cold pond" /

    by desert_princess Written Aug 7, 2005

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    Dan Studen Kladenets
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    The dam is big and I particularly liked the island in the middle that you see on the photo...A good place to have a property ...

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    A giant flute?

    by desert_princess Written Aug 7, 2005

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    A watering point for cattle

    Even tho it looks like a giant flute, this is a watering point for cattle. It's just the shape that is unusual ;)))

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    Signs only in Bulgarian

    by desert_princess Written Aug 7, 2005

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    Kanyak Village
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    Somewhere deep in the land the signs are only in Bulgarian . This one says - Village Kanyak, road with decreased capacity

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    Another village on the road

    by desert_princess Written Aug 7, 2005

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    Another village on the road

    I can't remember all the villages I passed by, neither the name of this one . All I know is that we were getting close to our camp place for the day and I was running out of energy....

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