Oct 10, 2013

Jungle Safari: Varna, Bulgaria.

While teaching in Bulgaria part of my teaching duties required going on the bi-weekly excursions.    On this day we had the delight of going on a jungle safari!  I was told by the kiddos there would wild snakes in the grass, fellow teachers told me to bring a bag since we'd be cherry picking and my boss told be there would be a lot of wine to drink.  Basically, I had no expectations.

I would define myself as adventurer, who is often time fearless and lover of new experiences.   
  However, I found this experience terrifying. I was scared to death.  I could not calm myself down.  I though we would all die.

The 3 vehicles the camp rented were made while Bulgaria was under the U.S.S.R.  These were U.S.S.R. vehicles  They were so old.  This company did not make much money and I doubt they were shipping in new parts to maintain the vehicles.  The driver were fearless, we went up and down steep hills and I felt every little bump, curve or rock.  We drove through brush to the point that everyone had marks on their arms from getting scratched attacked by plants.  At one point we stopped the cars and shot guns.  I could keep going but I'll stop. 
I was so scared I couldn't steady my hand to take pictures so I hope the ones above are decent to show my side of the adventure.

While I was terrified, everything was fine.  We all survived and ended the night at a local families house/restaurant.  The family lived in the hills we frolicked on and made red wine and Rakia (a Balkans alcohol). The final drive home was gorgeous.  The sun was setting and we were surrounded my Sunflowers fields spanning into the horizon.  It was gorgeous.   

I can't in good faith recommend going on the highly advertised Varna Jungle Safari as it was my most terrifying experience in Bulgaria (and I was lost on a mountain for 8 hours in Sofia).
But also, whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger!
Make the most of your time in Bulgaria and do it.
You'll regret the things you didn't do more that the things you did.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Buddy. I have also enjoyed your blog and will continue to check in to read your posts.