23.06.2012 31 °C
It's so pretty here in the evening. It's pretty during the day too, but in the evening, in this calm warm weather, it's particularly beautiful.
I love waking up in the morning and pulling back the curtain to see the sparking blue water right outside my window. The Black Sea is anything but black here. With all my sightseeing around Nesebar done, I decided not to make the trip to Sozopol further down the coast for more sightseeing, but just to relax here instead. So, after breakfast, I jumped on the local bus for the short ride around to Sunny Beach. I had seen a few signs yesterday outside bars advertising the All Blacks game against Ireland, so I thought that would be fun way to start the day.
It was quite special listening to the national anthem and watching the haka, from a beachside bar on the Black Sea Coast in Bulgaria. I even had a morning beer to celebrate. There were a couple of Irish people watching too, and when the All Blacks started to romp away with the game, one of them commented that it was no surprise as rugby is all there is in New Zealand. At that point, I had to interject. There's not only rugby. We have sheep, and hobbits too.
When the game was over, I had some lunch to counter the morning beer, and then made my way to a hotel swimming pool I had seen yesterday that's open to the public. It was 5 leva for a deck chair and use of the pool for the day, so I picked a chair beside the main pool and settled back for a relaxing day. After about 5 minutes of relaxing, I had a swim. The water was so warm.
I've seen quite a few men mixing their undies with their togs. I want to tell them if they can't see the beach, they're in their undies, but they may not draw that line here. I suspect I come from a much more conservative society, but I have seen a few things that surprise me. Not least of all today, when there was a young girl about 9 or 10, in a G-string bikini. I wanted to cover her up with my towel. And the poses they make for photos - even little 5 year olds with one hand behind their head, pulling their skirt up with the other. It's probably not even considered provocative here, but it's not something I am used to seeing and I have to keep a poker face at times.
After a few hours in and beside the pool, I ordered a spearmint mocktail, but since it was happy hour I had to have two. I notice that happy hour at the bars in Sunny Beach go from 9am til Midnight (or longer), so it really is a cheerful place.
Before I started to shrivel up like a raisin in the water and sun, I caught the bus back to Nesebar. I had some research to do on line to make sure I know where I am going tomorrow and how to get there, and then went for a final stroll around the peninsula.
The Black Sea Coast is another place I'd heard not to bother visiting. And again, I've loved it. Yes, it's commercial and everything's aimed at the crowds of tourists, but if I hadn't come here, I would never have known about this other side of Bulgaria. I would have left thinking that Bulgaria is all mountains, old cities, and villages. Now I know there is a little harbour in Nesebar, that sparkles all day in the sun, and all night with the bright lights from the resorts along the coast.