Mount Vitosha

OSI-Bulgaria (Slatino)

21 August 2004

Our Day

We left Slatino at 8:30 in the morning, had breakfast on the road, and eventually arrived in Dragalevtsi village, at the base of Mount Vitosha, at about noon.  At Dragalevtsi there is a 30-minute chair-lift that goes part-way up the mountain. We took this lift, and then enjoyed a very nice 30-minute hike on the mountainside to Aleko lodge.  At Aleko the kids ate a hot lunch and rested for a bit, and then we took another 20-minute chair-lift to the top of the mountain. The kids wandered around the mountain top for a while, climbing rocks, and enjoying the cool air and spectacular views and scenery.  We returned to Aleko late in the afternoon, where we had a soda break.  From Aleko we took a 30-minute cabin-lift back down to the base of the mountain.  We arrived back in Dupnitza at 8:30pm where our weary kids had dinner.  They finally arrived back in Slatino at 9:30, 13 hours after they left!  They were very tired, but behaved perfectly and had a great time.  As always, it was a great distraction for them from their boring summer days in the village.

Acknowledgements

Our excursion to Mount Vitosha was funded primarily by a grant from Peace Corps, thanks to the efforts of Peace Corps volunteer Leslie Geer; thank you Leslie and Peace Corps!  Leslie also kindly chaperoned our trip.  Our excursion was also supplemented by each of the children's individual sponsors.  Thanks for creating a wonderful memory for these deserving kids!
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