So these are the trips I did in
VAR06 WONDERS OF
VAR07 WELCOME RECEPTION WITH BULGARIAN STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS [FDP: LEE] (1930-2230 Friday, 24 July) This will provide an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with Bulgarian students and professors from the
VAR15 KARIN DOM HOME FOR DISABLED CHILDREN (1230-1630 Saturday, 25 July) Minimum 30/Maximum 100 Visit Karin Dom, a day home for disabled children. Situated in an old 19th-century house at the far end of
Karin Dom was founded by Bulgarian-American Johny Stancioff, whose grandparents were close to the royal family; his grandfather and father were Bulgarian diplomats. After the fall of the Communist Regime, his family immigrated to the
VAR18 VISIT TO
VAR23 BULGARIAN CUISINE: MASTER COOKING CLASS (1200-1800 Monday, 27 July) Minimum 30/Maximum 70 Learn how to prepare and make some traditional Bulgarian meals such as tarator (a chilled yogurt-and-cucumber soup), a variety of stuffed peppers and banitsas (traditional pastry) under the guidance of a master chef. After the completion of the course, enjoy what you have prepared. Travel to one of the big restaurants in
So the first day I had my wonders of
The next day I went to Karin Dom, the home for children with disabilities. It was amazing. There are kids there with both mental and physical disabilities. When we got there the children sang some songs for us (one about fingers and one about a clock). Then there were some other kids coming to play some instruments but they were late so a bunch of us sang some songs to the kids. We sang twinkle little stars, and itsy bitsy spider. Then the other children came and played bagpipes and these flute things and then we had snacks, talked with the staff, and played with the kids who were really sweet. They come here between the ages of newborns to 14-15 years old, but it is an early intervention program so they tend to be younger. They were really hospitable here too. Aubrey just wanted pizza, but one lady took her plate and put more stuff on it for her. Then we took a tour of the facilities. It is a great place. I loved it there and would recommend it to anyone. The facility is beautiful and they have so much equipment available for the children. There are chairs for children with physical disabilities, a ton school supplies, 2 great sensory rooms, and a really nice outdoor area with a play set, pony, fountains, gardens, swings, small stadium, and more. Then they told us about how they work with the kids and I was really impressed. They use Montessori teaching (I thought that was fabulous!), and they have all of these systems to help the children communicate and be independent. They have charts and schedules and pictures all over and everything is bright and cheerful. I was really impressed. That night we went out with 3 of the Bulgarian students we met at the Welcome Reception. They took us to this club that we never would have thought to go to on our own (most of SAS went to the Golden Sands) but it was really cool. There was no roof so it was outside and there was this runway kind of thing in the middle. I liked that it was mostly Bulgarian music with just a few American songs. We had heard so much American music everywhere it was nice to listen to their music. Everyone would be singing and dancing and after a while we would be able to pick up the chorus of a song and sing along even if we didn’t know what we were saying haha.
The next day I went on the trip to the
That night we went to Captain Cook’s restaurant for dinner. It is this seafood place above the passenger terminal next to the boat (really like you get off the ship and walk 10 steps and through this building. The top of the building is this restaurant. I know that sounds kind of sketchy which is what I originally thought. But we went up there for free internet the night before (and got some fresh squeezed orange juice so we weren't just using their wifi) and they said we had to sit at the bar because all the tables were reserved. That was fine at the time because we weren't getting food anyways. So we see people come in really dressed up fancy and ordering yummy looking food. So we made 9pm reservations for the next night. We sat outside so it looked right into the ship. Like this guy in his room was waving at us. I got a coconut shrimp salad (it said shrimp on lettuce so I thought it was going to be more shrimp less salad but it ended up being the other way around) and shrimp and vegetable tempura. They were both really really good. Then I we got cheesecake because we heard it was delicious and it was. It was such a good dinner and we had a lot of fun.
The next day I had the Bulgarian Cuisine Master Cooking Class trip. It was really cool. We went to this restaurant my Golden Sands beach and there were 4 tables with chiefs and assistants (2 buses worth of SASers). Originally we were in groups and were going to rotate but it ended up being a free for all. So we wandered around between these tables and helped to make the food. We made a yogurt cucumber soup and cucumber tomato salad, peppers stuffed with this meat stuff and roasted peppers stuffed with this cheese stuff and coated and fried, both meat and vegetarian musaka, and bread and an apple pastry dessert. Then we got to sit down and eat. The food was so good. The stuffed fried peppers were my favorite but it was all delicious. And we got a lot of fresh Bulgarian cheese (kind of like feta) to eat. They also gave all of us free spices, aprons, and hats. We also got the recipes for all the foods we made. I also got a Bulgarian cookbook.
So all in all
We just left
From the Atlantic Ocean after