10 Cities in the Balkans via Wayfaring With Wagner

After living in the Balkans for about 8 months almost 2 years ago (how has it already been that long?!), I still can’t stop singing the praises of this amazing region. Still misconstrued as dangerous due to the Balkan Wars of the 1990s, this peninsula is now a hot spot for tourists looking for cheap, undiscovered, historical, outdoorsy destinations!

There are some places that you visit in life where words and photos don’t even come close to doing it justice. Seven Rila Lakes in Rila National Park is the epitome of indescribable beauty. These photos can’t adequately capture the pureness, vastness, and overwhelming exquisiteness of this national park nestled a few hours away from Sofia, Bulgaria.

Seven Rila Lakes in Rila National Park are a group of seven glacial lakes. Not only are they the most visited lakes in Bulgaria, but they are also one of the most popular hiking spots in all of Bulgaria.

Located high up in the Rila Mountains is the most famous Bulgarian Orthodox monastery. So famous that it is on the 1 lev note (their currency)! Founded in 927 AD by the hermit St. John of Rila, the monastery is one of the most important cultural and historical sites in the region. Ironically, St. John of Rila never actually lived in the monastery. He lived in a cave in the Rila Mountains near the monastery while his students lived in the monastery. Pope John Paul II visited Rila Monastery on a trip to Bulgaria in 2002.

It started out with me taking a break while I went on a one week trip through the Balkans before I moved to Sofia, Bulgaria. And somehow that one week turned into a month?! But honestly, it made me realize just how much I love blogging and how I want to put so much more work into blogging. I haven’t even blogged about Sofia and I’ve now been here over 5 weeks! Time is flying by…I leave to go back to Michigan for 7 weeks on July 18th. To be honest, I’m ready. 100% ready to get home, decompress, RELAX, and let my parents spoil me before I head off to Edinburgh, Scotland to start business school!