Hot in the sun

The Black Sea

One day the wife rang and said she`d had this offer for a trip to Bulgaria. She said she`d have to decide within hours, and there would be three of us going. Just to spite her, I said, yes I`ll join you...

By Asbjørn Nordem Karlberg
Fotos: Inger, Kristine and Asbjørn

She booked the trip for herself, me and Kristine. Without Kristine even hearing about it until two days before we were due off.

Bulgaria, you say? What we know about Bulgaria? Not a lot, but I figured we could learn something while we were there... And indeed we did.

We learnt that the place is hot. At least the southern part along the Black Sea, closing in on Turkey.

But here we go then:

Tilbake til hovedsiden


Get into the pool, girl! PHOTO: INGER



And then she found another museum. This time in Varna. PHOTO: ASBJØRN


Found a shade in Sozopol. PHOTO: INGER


Turning red in Sozopol, this time from the blinds. PHOTO: INGER


Narrow and meandering streets of Sozopol. PHOTO: INGER


Funny architecture in Nessebar. PHOTO: INGER


Some more funny architecture in Nessebar. PHOTO: INGER


Balcony connecting two houses. PHOTO: INGER


Byzantian ruins in Nessebar. Or were they a bit younger? PHOTO: INGER


That`s where the noize comes from, that keeps us awake at night. PHOTO: INGER


Nessebarian outhouse? PHOTO: INGER


Pooling it... some tanning and some reading. PHOTO: INGER


Eating in the sea? PHOTO: INGER


Another ancient ruin... PHOTO: INGER


...and we`re posing for album covers. PHOTO: INGER


Just using up the last piece of shadow. PHOTO: INGER


A restaurant in the green. PHOTO: INGER


Having walked round the entire Nessebar Island. PHOTO: INGER


Roman baths in Varna. PHOTO: INGER


More roman baths. PHOTO: INGER


View from Nessebar across the bay to Sunny Beach. PHOTO: INGER


Nessebar skyline. Old fortifications from the 1300`s. PHOTO: INGER


Wall decor in Nessebar`s Ice Cream Parlour. PHOTO: INGER


Nessebarian church. PHOTO: INGER


Downing a chilipepper and waiting for the reaction. PHOTO: INGER


Welcome at Uncle George`s in Nessebar. PHOTO: WAITER


To hot to walk in Varna, taking a train. PHOTO: INGER


From the train, the football stadium in the distance (Spartak Varna). PHOTO: INGER


Attacking another Ice Cream, while dad looks for the sugar explotion. PHOTO: INGER


Posing in front of the Dolphinium. PHOTO: INGER


Three mythic marble figures. PHOTO: ASBJØRN


Posing in front of communist statue and football stadium of Varna. PHOTO: INGER


Varna Marine Museum showing a submarine from 1913. PHOTO: INGER


Byzantian ruins in harbour of Varna. PHOTO: INGER


One of the first steam engines, complete with local guide. PHOTO: INGER


A selection of 4 cheeses, a real treat in Varna. PHOTO: INGER


Our residence as seen from the hillside coming back from Varna. PHOTO: INGER


Nice creations on the bed as we return. PHOTO: ASBJØRN


Digging into a right heap of Bolognese. PHOTO: ASBJØRN


Not digging this... Suddenly Kristine was attacked by this worm... PHOTO: INGER


Then the storm came to Nessebar. PHOTO: INGER


Keeping out of the sun as the wind sweeps the streets. PHOTO: INGER


Waiting for the coach to pick us up as we were leaving for home. PHOTO: INGER


View to the north. PHOTO: INGER


Neighbouring hotel not quite finished. PHOTO: INGER


Promenading on Sunny Beach. PHOTO: ASBJØRN


The restaurants take all kinds of shapes, motifs and themes. PHOTO: INGER


Waterwheel turning the barbecue... outdoors along the promenade. PHOTO: INGER


I test a strange restaurant seat as Marilyn does a paint job. PHOTO: INGER


Some were not hot enough, must play beach volley. PHOTO: INGER


Yawning after yet another restaurant chase - watch the strange looking pylons on the one in the background! PHOTO: INGER


Nachos at Mamacita`s, with lots of hot peppers. PHOTO: INGER


Mexican bathing parlour - is that Pacapotepetl I see in there? PHOTO: INGER


Another way of masoning, filling in a doorway. PHOTO: INGER


Another album cover? PHOTO: INGER


An ice cold coffee does the trick. PHOTO: INGER


Chilling on the bus to Nessebar - outside was boiling. PHOTO: INGER


City wall of Nessebar. PHOTO: INGER


Sightseeing in Nessebar - have we covered the whole island yet? PHOTO: INGER


Archaeological Museum of Nessebar. PHOTO: INGER


Not easy to read Cyrillig museum tags. PHOTO: INGER


Church turned art gallery.
PHOTO: INGER


The photographer in action... PHOTO: INGER


...and posing. PHOTO: INGER


Trekking through Nessebar waiting for the storm. PHOTO: ASBJØRN


You can even get cannabis in Nessebar. PHOTO: INGER


Table cloth ll you desire. PHOTO: INGER


Old time toys - do you remember any of these? PHOTO: INGER


Strange architecture and parking habits. PHOTO: ASBJØRN


Nessebar Monastry. PHOTO: INGER


Get away, you`re blocking my view... PHOTO: INGER


Drumming for your life. PHOTO: INGER


The paraders parade by.
PHOTO: INGER


A one two, she`s got a Ticket to Ri-hide. PHOTO: INGER


The paraders parading away. PHOTO: INGER


Tzipura sounds like a dangerous meal. PHOTO: INGER


Shark sounds like a yucky meal. PHOTO: ASBJØRN


The waiter removing bones from the tzipura. PHOTO: INGER


Tea and biscuits in the hotel bar. PHOTO: INGER


Oh shit, we have people from Mjøndalen here... PHOTO: INGER


This bus stop was boiling... PHOTO: INGER


This beach was also boiling: INGER


And the gulash was boiling too.
PHOTO: INGER


Dramatic entrance of the meat on spear. PHOTO: ASBJØRN


Behatted visitors in sunny hot country. PHOTO: INGER


Wonder why these were everywhere. PHOTO: INGER


Chairs shaped like tits, asses and giraffes... PHOTO: INGER


Get into the pool, girl! PHOTO: INGER



Cooling it by a fountain along a shopping mall... PHOTO: INGER


...next to the gekkos. PHOTO: INGER


This little piggy ent to market - and were roasted. PHOTO: INGER


Swedish guide Ewa in the St. George`s Monastry. PHOTO: INGER


One of the eight million cats in town. PHOTO: INGER


Preparing to walk The Walk in Sunny Beach. PHOTO: KRISTINE


House of Horror. PHOTO: KRISTINE


No, we managed to avoid MacDonald`s in Bulgaria. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Painting upside down.
PHOTO: KRISTINE


Beachcombing in Sonnenstrand. PHOTO: KRISTINE


What they use for seating in restaurants. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Another piece of furniture. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Getting around in doublebikes. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Tired of the sun already? PHOTO: KRISTINE


All British bar 24/7. PHOTO: KRISTINE


View of our pool. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Match viewing tonight... Norwegian football on giant screens. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Cozy in Nessebar. PHOTO: KRISTINE


The Gates to Nessebar. PHOTO: KRISTINE


The Archaeologist found an Archeologium.... PHOTO: KRISTINE


...while others found the Ice Bar in Nessebar next door. PHOTO: KRISTINE


The fish I had for supper (Tzipura). PHOTO: KRISTINE


What are they looking at. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Scandinavian cuisine. But why can`t they ever get the Norwegian flag right? PHOTO: KRISTINE


The Archaeologist found another ancient ruin. PHOTO: KRISTINE


While the Photographist found another Camera Museum. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Have we happened upon an uproar in town? PHOTO: KRISTINE


No, just a parade... maybe a wedding? PHOTO: KRISTINE


Something between your teeth? PHOTO: KRISTINE


Drumming is my dream. PHOTO: KRISTINE


The Bride`s father and ugly stepmother. PHOTO: KRISTINE


The Happy Bride and her (equally happy?) Groom. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Away to be Archebushed?. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Sunny Beach as seen from Nessebar. PHOTO: KRISTINE


A golden ball hangs over Nessebar. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Oh, I accidentally ruined my wife`s Coke. PHOTO: KRISTINE


This piglet met it`s destiny in a watermill grill. PHOTO: KRISTINE


A cozy ride through Sunny Beach, perchance? PHOTO: KRISTINE


Kristine had a dogfight with this ice cream creation. PHOTO: ASBJØRN


A monk preparing for his prayer. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Drinking the healing water in the Monastery. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Ewa the Guide learns that St. George`s Monastery was built to ease life for the lepers. PHOTO: KRISTINE


A sip of the Holy Sipura. PHOTO: KRISTINE


The Tzipura is made. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Attending a baby`s Christening. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Lobsters triyng not to be chosen for our supper... PHOTO: KRISTINE


Hungarian obituaries appear on lampposts. PHOTO: KRISTINE


A piece of the fortification has fallen out. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Kegs of brew yeasting on the garden wall. PHOTO: KRISTINE


He played the wrong tune; Mona Lisa wlked by the Mediterranean Sea, not the Black Sea. PHOTO: KRISTINE


This cat had both eyes removed - open gaping eye sockets glowing in the sun. PHOTO: KRISTINE


The hat`s wet frm sweat - where can I get a new one???. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Angry candles - or what can these strange things be... PHOTO: KRISTINE


Is this a fossill?. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Lovers they are in Nessebar. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Bathing on a rough beach. (Do you call this a beach?). PHOTO: KRISTINE


What an ugly creature... PHOTO: KRISTINE


Bading Nymph on Wall in front of Sunny Beach. PHOTO: KRISTINE


What curious looking rocks. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Suddenly we are in Mexico. I kept looking for Speedy Gonzales. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Haven`t you often had the urge to... PHOTO: KRISTINE


And now he has to feed her... PHOTO: KRISTINE


Town Hall in Nessebar. PHOTO: KRISTINE


No connection. Or no coin. Whatever! PHOTO: KRISTINE


Gallery formerly priory.
PHOTO: KRISTINE


Olympic balancing act. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Uncle George, the Nessebarian in-thrower. PHOTO: KRISTINE


A garden fence made of motorbikes... (NO kidding!) PHOTO: KRISTINE


Is this a Pobeda?. PHOTO: KRISTINE


No this is a Pobeda. PHOTO: KRISTINE


This is a car crash (in Varna). PHOTO: KRISTINE


Varna still runs a trolleybus system. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Whaaaat?
PHOTO: KRISTINE


Under my umbrella? PHOTO: KRISTINE


Bathing on Sunny Beach. PHOTO: KRISTINE


One? PHOTO: KRISTINE


Tired of the sun, you bet!
PHOTO: KRISTINE


A Golden Goddess in Varna. PHOTO: KRISTINE


Entering the jungle at Ropotamo river. PHOTO: INGER


Going for a Ropotamo river cruise. PHOTO: ASBJØRN


Showing an interrest in snakes. PHOTO: ASBJØRN


Do you see any snakes from the other boat? PHOTO: ASBJØRN


There`s one snake - or probably not. PHOTO: ASBJØRN


Sit down when in a boat! PHOTO: ASBJØRN


Ropotamo Jungle River Safari. PHOTO: KRISTINE


A tortoise trying to get out of our way. PHOTO: KRISTINE


A yellow snake. PHOTO: ASBJØRN