This post is part of the #Blaugust event run by @belghast. Details can be found here – Blaugust 2016.
With my fear of flying well and truly under control,I got to spend 9 wonderful days in Bulgaria. But let me be straight here, my fear was subject to not truly understanding what turbulence is. This was coupled with a bad experience I had as a child on a nighttime flight. My fear never stopped me from flying but it did make the experience very uncomfortable.
So yeah, fear contained. The time away from the UK was well need and the time spent in Bulgaria was all about relaxing; reading, eating, drinking and swimming around in the Black Sea. I last went to Bulgaria back in 2013 yet little seems to have changed in three years. The beaches are well looked after and the Black Sea feels like bath water after 5 minutes of being in it. Bulgaria is also very inexpensive as their own currency, the Lev, is weak against the £. On average my wife and I ate out for a little over £16 total; 2-3 courses each including drinks.
Eating out with felines
Typically, restaurants(especially ones that had outdoor covers) that we ate at had at least one cat that would patrol the eating area. Whether these were strays that are now tolerated by the restaurant staff(keeping away rats and the like) or not is hard to say. Some cats did look worse for wear while others seemed well fed and groomed. With the same cat still being at the same restaurant on subsequent nights, they put an extra mile or two into my smile each evening.