July 15 2009: Arriving in Varna

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We arrived in the early afternoon in Varna, Bulgaria after a 5 hour stop-over in Vienna Austria. Desi’s Aunt, cousin, and best friend Nasi were all waiting for all when we arrived. At this moment I realised how great of a translator Desi was, and I had nothing to worry about for our time in Bulgaria 🙂 A few moments later her dad showed up and drove us back to the apartment that we would call home for the time we spent in Varna.

We didn’t really have much sleep, but that didn’t stop Desi and I from heading out into the city to explore. We walked around some of the main pedestrian streets and ended up at the sea shore, and took some photos of each other along the beach, which I think turned out wonderful:

We found a nice restaurant on the sandy shores and stopped for dinner as the sun set. We tried a Bulgarian beer, Zagorka Gold which I liked very much, and Desi ordered us some fish and chips. The fries were standard fare and quite good, but the fish was a little unusual from what I was expecting:

The fish were small and deep fried whole. The way you eat them is simply break of the head (comes off extremely easy) and chow down on the rest. Tasted pretty good, to my surprise! Crunchy, salty fish that reminded me a little of popcorn chicken. Of course, you’re left with a pile of fish heads, which I also felt necessary to photograph:

On our way back we bought a giant cotton candy for 50 cents I believe and walked around the streets until we made our way home for some well-deserved rest. Check our the gallery for the rest of the photos from that day, quite the assortment!

I have to say there was a little bit of culture shock on my arrival, but I was quick to adapt and feel comfortable thanks to Desi. She did a great job explaining everything to me, and with her doing all of the talking I felt very comfortable. We did a lot more exploring and visiting over the next few days, with some very interesting results. 🙂


  1. Meme & Pepe
    August 15th, 2009 | 3:18 pm

    Hi Don & Desi

    You are both so lucky to have had such a great experience. THe pictures are wonderful. I’m not sure that I would have been brave enough to try the fish. I will take your word for it, that they are good.
    we are looking forward to more updates.

    Love Meme & Pepe

  2. Diane Enns
    August 16th, 2009 | 9:04 pm

    Hi Don and Desi

    Great pictures of you both on the beach….Desi you are absolutely beautiful in this one, we are so proud to have you as our future daughter in-law.

    The chips look good…not sure even if I would have eaten the fish!!! Walter would have lost a little weight traveling with you two.

    Desi the view from your apartment is spectacular

    Love Mom and Walter

  3. mama didi
    August 21st, 2009 | 11:00 am

    Hi Desi and Don,

    Your photo on the beach is great! I am so happy for both of you. Maybe I repeat myself but I want to say that I am very happy that Don will be my son-in-law. He is so cute and well brought-up. I am very happy that you found one another and hope that your love will be forever lasting; that you will take good care of each other. I am proud of you.

    Love you!
    mam Didi

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