Saturday, March 31, 2007

This is me in front of Baba Vidi a fortress in the city of Vidin, Bulgaria. I was there a couple of weeks ago. It overlooks the Danube, looking across to romania. Baba Vidi means Grandmother sees. A few hours after this photo was taken I was driven to the border with Serbia about 45 minutes away and walked to the other side where I was greeted by a friend.

Friday, March 30, 2007

So I set my watch to the wrong time when I came home yesterday and it confused the heck out of me this morning when I got up. The last week of my trip started with me taking an overnight bus ride into Serbia, the bus was a really nice one and the trip was good. I stayed with friends in Subotica, which is in the north. A friend of mine who is a vet gave me my 3rd tour of the Zoo in Palic which is near by, it is 1 of only 2 zoo's in Serbia.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

I am back in New York. My flight to Milan was cancelled this morning, so I had to come back via Rome. It's nice to be back, I'll try to fill in some of the spaces, starting tomorrow.

Friday, March 23, 2007

I am in Sarajevo and it has been snowing for the last 2 days, though is no real accumulation. I will be traveling tonight by overnight bus, with less than a week to go in my trip things are beginning to wind down.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

More rain and even a little snow today, but I had a chance to just relax this morning, which was a welcome change so hopefully I will be more refreshed. Yesterdays and todays rain is the first I have seen on this trip.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

For the first time on this trip we had rain today, but it could have been snow. I did all the same go to Mostar which is a really nice place, I got to walk on the famous bridge. You know the one that got blown up during the war. It was a nice day out and I have another one planned for the end of the week.

Monday, March 19, 2007

So I just spent a few days in Banja Luka and the weather was so warm, in fact it rose to 25 c on saturday. I cannot believe that I have been in the Balkans for almost 3 weeks and traveled all over. I was on top of a mountain called Kozara a few days ago and have other trips planned in the next few days.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Well it has been more than a week since my last post and I am now in Bosnia. The trip here was by bus and took me twelve and a half hours. I did see some spring lambs on the journey, which took so long because we were delayed at the border for more than an hour. I enjoyed my trip to Bulgaria and short stop in Serbia. We will see how things go in Bosnia.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

The city of Plovdiv is surrounded by hills and yesterday I ran up one of them and got a great view.It was so nice here during the day, I see that it is cold and snowy in New York, so I am happy to be here, though there are many other reasons to be happy to be here.everything seems to be going well and I am enjoying my stay in Bulgaria. Later today I head out to the Black Sea.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I am now in Plovdiv which is about 2 hours from Sofia, I had a very nice meeting with a large group of people last night and staying in a friends apartment, in the middle of the city. I will stay here for a couple of days, but will visit another city this evening. The weather is cool at night but warm during the day.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

It is early on a very beautiful morning in Sofia, I have just come back from a run in the Park of Liberty. I had a very nice talk with a big group of people last night, later a great meal and conversation with 10 of my friends, at a vegetarian restuarant called " Th eVeggie House ". I also had a meeting about maybe getting my Poetry books printed here in Bulgaria in the future.

Monday, March 05, 2007

So last night I got an overnight train to Sofia in Bulgaria, the train ride was uneventful but slow. I arrived more than 1 hour later than the scheduled time, but I have learned that this is normal.The weather here is very nice and while walking this afternoon in a park, near to where I am staying I saw primroses. Also many of the trees are just about to burst into leaf. It has only ben a couple of days but I am happy with the trip so far.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

So I made it to Belgrade with a short stop in Milan, the weather here is very nice, warm temps and bright sunshine. It was raining when I got here yesterday, but everything is good  now after a good nights sleep.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

My last day in New York for a while started really well. The weather is a bit like spring and I got a nice early run in. Took care of paying all the bills that will come up while I'm away, did some last minute washing and packing. I am not sure how easily I will be able to get intenet access since I am travelling a lot, but I will try to post some thing whenever I can. Oh yeah, Happy St Davids day to all Welsh people out there.