How much does it cost to build a house? It depends on the human labor cost, quality of the materials and the location. On the internet you can find some surprising numbers starting from the ridicules €200 per m2 to the scary €1000-€1500 per m2.
Source: Chapter 1 – Egg production
This pictures was taken by Plamen today, a member of our new family in Bulgaria. We miss Solnik and we miss meeting you all again. Thanks a lot Plamen.
The last day in Bulgaria this summer is as it used to be. Not exactly homesickness, maybe more travel fever and eagerness to get this flight over. 5 weeks away from work I have never been before. It feels a bit strange, even though I got to work a bit during the holidays. This time the check-in took an incredibly long time. There were 2 queues and of course we were in the wrong queue. That is, I first calculated what queue we should choose and managed to choose the wrong one. The conveyor belt did not work, so we were last checked in. We delivered the car at 19:00, and in addition to the plane being delayed for about an hour, we got in the air approx. 24:00 Bulgarian time. We were not home until 2:30 am Norwegian time.
We got the sign on the door / gate in Solnik. Then we went to the apartment and unpacked all our stuff and put it into the office of the apartment complex. The apartment will be rented out tomorrow, so it’s very convenient and have a room to store our things in.
After a tip from Vanja, I realized that my previous attempt to find the place with the waterfall and the water, which supposedly should be very salty, was not right anyway. I used google maps / earth to try to locate where this could be. And this time I found a place marked ‘Водопад Солник Park’, which means Solnik waterfall, if my translation is correct. Roy and the family are sporty people and they really liked to join the trip. And it was a bit of a walk, with some fumbling on which direction we should choose. In open loins it is very easy, but when we enter the forest with several gorges, it quickly becomes much more difficult. But with a little confusing google maps on the phone we managed to regain control and find the direction. Roy had ‘traced’ the tour and it was comical to see how we had gone. 3.5 hours we spent on the trip which could have been much shorter had there been a marked path or knowledge of the shortest route. But we will have a time to find out later. Impressive of the girls of Roy and Riikka who they managed without complaining one second. But the end of the show was that we had followed google maps location to the top of the waterfall and it was dangerous to start going down to the bottom from there. It was already getting late, so we decided to go back. But next time it will be easier to find the right path to the bottom. Anyway, it didn’t seem like there was running water from the top, but there may be other waterfalls on the spot that we didn’t see where we stood.
Today I decided to go to Solnik to find the famous stone from which Solnik has its name. This is a small mountain part that is very salty. The words Sol (Сол) in Solnik means salt. Since no one felt the urge to be with me, I went alone, but agreed to meet the others on the road to Varna. It was a city trip in Varna that was at the top of the wish list for the others in the group. We was told that there will also be a waterfall, but it was reasonably dry there now, certainly after several months of drought.
To get there I had to pass the barbecue area, which is just below the farm. It was a sad sight that met me. This is a barbecue area that former owners of the farm made and made available to all the inhabitants of the village, and some have chosen to empty several loads of building stock on site. Very sad that someone chooses to destroy the space for everyone else.
In Varna, it was first lunch before the ladies rushed all the shops in the area. Charlotte became very concerned about the man without the head, we just had to take a picture of her and the man. Roy and I had still some brain cells left to find a water hole while the ladies finished.
Then we got a brand new washing machine in the complex anyway :-).
Today we meet in Solnik Garden at 08:00 and an excavator and a lorry showed up just after. They meet at agreed time :-). Vanja and Galin also come soon after. We need a translator between us and the work person. After driving away all the harvest from last fall, which we have already drawn up in several piles, the demolition of the old shed that stood below the house started. Unfortunately, a piece of history disappears. It was a long day and they stayed on until about 15:00. There were eventually about 6 or 7 runs with the lorry. I came a little out of the count. Very good job and teamwork of these two workers in their vehicle.
After that we went home to play with Charlotte in the pool. Then out in Byala center to eat and then a small promenade to the sea at the end.
Today I had to get my work clothes out from the washing machine that stopped working yesterday afternoon. There are many who wants to wash their clothes and bags of clothes is standing in line. I thought the fuse had gone, but the service man called my doorbell this morning and wanted me to take out the clothes from the machine. I tried to ask on my “Bulnorsk” language if there will be a new one? But no, here was the answer Kaputt, Service. A little different mentality here than at home in Norway, although I thought it could have been replaced with a new. But we should be better at repairing things, as it was in the past. So I just had to get on with washing the clothes by hand.
We are now beginning to see an end of the twig waste that was made last fall. It was hot to work today, but in return we had brought grilled chicken and cold drinks. That kept the forces going. The drink remained cold in a bag of ice cubes.
Dacia’s LPG line-up is now complete again after the introduction of the Euro 6 Duster crossover. The LPG system is priced very attractively. Check it out!
Today we drove to Solnik and then to Obzor for a lunch at Hotel Dukov, where we have been staying many times while searching for a place to buy in Bulgaria. Very nice that the owner of the hotel came and says hello to us. We can only recommend this hotel for new tourists. This hotel is one of the few open in Obzor all year.
But very good for the plants that are drying out 🙂
And I can work a little with the blog, including posting English text in addition to Norwegian. As this…
The castle of Ravadino is probably the only castle in Europe, constructed by one man only. It is spectacular attraction which is situated just a couple of kilometers from Sozopol. In 2016 the Bulgarian attraction won the prize for tourist attraction number 1 in the world.
Just off Sozopol, a short drive from the main road south from Burgas towards Primorsko and Turkey, lies this magnificent castle. This man alone, here in white coat, has been responsible for the construction that has taken place over a period of 20 years. And yet it is being built on the castle. We learned that some of the castle was shut down due to preparation for movie recording. Which movie is not known. You can read and see more about the castle below.
The castle of Ravadino is probably the only castle in Europe, constructed by one man only. It is spectacular attraction which is situated just a couple of kilometers from Sozopol. In 2016 the Bulgarian attraction won the prize for tourist … [CLICK TO READ MORE]
Today we started out with our family from Bulgaria to an island outside Burgas called “Saint Anastasia”. This is a boat trip of about half an hour. Halfway through the trip we could see a small island that was our destination. The first thing we noticed at landing was an anchor that was turned upside down. Jorunn and I got a little over this and joked a bit that it had to be a misunderstanding. But without saying anything, we were told that this was made conscious of asking ships and boats to stay away from anchoring on the island. Why: Well, because this was formerly a prison, and it is quicker to understand the cause.
In 1925, a group of 43 political prisoners (communists and anti-facets) settled and escaped from the island to the Soviet Union. Because of this, the island was called “Bolshevik Island” when the Communists took over in 1945. Today the island is protected and contains a church, museum, restaurant and guesthouse for those who want to stay overnight. The island is also sought after for ceremonies, weddings etc.
A small island with great history.
Today we had to travel to Burgas Airport to change car at Top rent car hire. The plan to buy a used car was canceled, so it was only to rent a new car until traveling home. On the way back we drove by the farm in Solnik and met Vanja, Galin and Georgio, the uncle of Vanja. They are helping us to find someone who can help us clear away waste after cutting grass and torn bushes.
Today we started the day to arrange the climbing plant (clematis) over the pergola. We asked the gardener to remove several branches of the big trees that had grown over and shadowed the creeper plant. A little self gardening work was necessary. It was fine in the end. While Jorunn relaxed in the apartment I went to Solnik and did some more gardening there. Some neighbors came walking and offered to help. When using a translator on the mobile I learned that they lived some houses beyond and that I could just stop by if I needed help. Here I have to say the technology is of great help, although I would rather think 100 years ago ?
Amazingly, there was a work session both afternoon and evening. And don’t you think it got dark quickly.