The One Year Mark Nesting in Bulgaria.

The pictures posted are from the Bachkovo Monastery and the Asenovgrad Castle that I visited a couple of weeks ago. Bulgaria isn’t always noticed as a major tourist destination, although there are 525 sites and landmarks that are presented on a handy dandy map you can purchase upon arrival.

Strange artwork wouldn’t you say. This artwork is extremely well preserved.

The castle is built upon a high hill over looking the valley entrance. The fortress was built in the 13th century and called the Assen’s fortress. It was built to guard the Aegean pass and the Byzantine border in this area.

The Byzantine pictures are filled with masonic/Jesuits symbolism.

I have been in Bulgaria for one year now—how time files. I did another border run last week and stayed in Sofia for three nights with Boris. It looks like Boris will reimburse me for putting money into the house and will buy the company I formed. I gave him my old computer which I said I would last summer. So possibly I might beeline it to Poland in June, most likely visit the holocaust locations and other sites of interest and possibly a couple of areas in Germany and the Czech Republic, and then head back to Bulgaria in October and sell my car and switch the company paperwork. If I decide to fly someplace I can always head to Istanbul, it is a good hub to depart from. But, for now, I will head north in June.

My new web blog site “Advent of Deception” is doing great. After two months I have a page rank of 3 and averaging between 600 to 800 page views a day with a lower number of unique visitors, which means the site is getting readers and not just fly-bys, and the numbers are increasing everyday. Of course the content is much different than travel, health or food. Working with WordPress is much better, too. I have full control of permalinks, SEO title tags, and with Thesis 1.7, believe me there is no looking back. I am convinced that using the Thesis theme is the best one on the market and well worth the money. Yet, at this point in time this travel blog will stay with blogger, I might make the change at some point in time, but not any time soon.

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  • Dave and Deb April 21, 2010, 7:25 pm

    Congratulations on the success of your other blog. I will check it out. It is a big compliment to see that people are sticking around for more than just one post.
    Wow, time does fly. We just found your site last year and you were just settling in to life in Bulgaria. I can't believe it has been a year!
    We are heading to Europe in May, but only for a month. We have a few other travels lined up for the summer, but are trying to figure out where to go in the fall. A cycle through Europe and the Middle East has come up in our conversations! Maybe we will cross paths.

  • Shawn April 22, 2010, 9:42 am

    Hey Dave and Deb, We started working on this house in July, and I basically got settled in September. I entered Bulgaria April 15 2009 and couch-surfed with Boris, and Then house-sat in two different houses for a total of two months.

    It is interesting I haven't paid for accommodation since I arrived.

    It would be nice to meet up someplace that would be great.

  • April 26, 2010, 8:15 pm

    Great post and photos.

    Are there any hostels in Bulgaria? Please recommend them or sign-up on

    Happy Travelling 😀

  • Vacation Villas April 28, 2010, 8:32 am

    Your travel and photo captures here is undeniably one of those rare finds of history… Glad you share this with us.

  • travellingdad April 29, 2010, 5:31 pm

    Great blog Shawn ! I really admire and envy your travels. With our 3 kids getting into Middle and High School, it's getting harder to take off too much time, but we're trying. And hoping to get to Bulgaria someday.

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