I absolutely love hiking in Vitosha (there’s an article about the mountain massif right here) but, sometimes, when it’s raining or in the middle of winter, Pancharevo is a great alternative: the trails are better safeguarded, the terrain is more manageable and there are trails for inexperienced hikers too.
The Seven Rila Lakes (in Bulgarian: Седемте рилски езера) are a cluster of lakes in the north-west of the Rila mountain range, a mere two hour drive from Sofia. I really had been wanting to discover the place and I was really happy to be escorted by Asen, Raina and Jeko. Asen and Jeko are in charge of the mountain trips and hiking excursions at Once Upon A Time and they wanted to take me to visit the Seven Rila
I organised my very first workshop, which took place in my heart country, Bulgaria, with 19 participants. We arrive in Sofia around 21:00 and what better way to start the journey than with an authentic Bulgarian meal? Most people in the group are students in my Stretching/Yoga classes and, as I am the only one who knows everybody, I ask everyone to introduce themselves… It seems like we are a very diverse group and I can already tell that this