As already mentioned, I returned with remorse to the Sun Palace Hotel.I just like it there; I like especially the family atmosphere.I know the manager and the staff for many years now.After all, this was my eighth stay there. I feel at home here. Nevertheless it happens often to meet some of the regular guests from the previous years.
Here you can see me having nice time with other regular guests. On the left - David from Exeter
Anetta – my little friend with her mother Albena, who used to work mainly at the snack bar.
Sasha and Anifere
From left to right: Sara, Svetoslav, Emilia and Semra.In the background - the security man
Here Mitko joined
Danny, who I know since 2006
And of course - Penny
Atanas, he works mostly at the bar inside
I liked it in there so much and the weather forecast was so great that I decided to extend my holiday with one week more, so in total they became four.And without wanting or ordering it, there was a table reserved especially for me.
Here I clink with the manager
And here with the Chef
Stanislava (on the left) and Milena were responsible for my table
Of course, I didn’t really need a special table for myself, but it was so busy that it was very convenient to not have to worry about a free seat. Of course, other guests came to sit on my table and in this way I was able to know interesting people.Like one Dutch, who was proficient in Russian and Armenian languages, or two well-educated elder women (mother and daughter) from Sofia. With them I not only could talk excellently in German, but also I was surprised they knew the books by Angelika Shrobsdorff and they were aware about her stay in Buhovo.
You didn’t have to dance if you didn’t want to. You could just hire dancers.Aneliya, who worked at the hotel bar and a colleague of her who was a dancer, performed an oriental belly dancing on request.German and Greek groups had booked this performance through the hotel management.It wasn’t so expensive, only 60 leva.But that as well obviously was negotiable.
It was most exciting when there were Greek or especially Bulgarian guests.The musicians, who played live music also in the early summer, performed their music, but mostly Horo.And it really took off, most of the people started to dance, especially when "Biala Rosa" was played.
At a long weekend (on Thursday it was Bulgarian public holiday) a group of 120 Bulgarians arrived at the hotel to party.They came over with their own DJ and their own music.This Thursday had to be actually my last night there. But the atmosphere was so great that I didn’t want to miss the rest. Sasha noticed my wish, grinned at me and asked "Oshte edna sedmitsa?" (“One week more?”) I decided spontaneously: "Yes!" So that’s how I extended my holidays for second time with a week.
The guide, who had to pick me up by bus at night, was absolutely dumbfounded when I told her, I wouldn’t leave.But what could she do?Totally surprised seeing me again on the next morning were also the manager, the chef and many of the staff members. Actually I had officially said goodbye to all of them on the eve before.
It didn’t happen a lot during this week. Except that I was invited to a great private party of the staff. They alsodanced a lot. Everyone was thrilled when I sang the Bulgarian national anthem for saying them “Thank you” for their invitation.
"Gorda Stara Planina..."
But even the longest holidays have their end. After the fifth week it came my real last evening.I was so touched when the staff danced once again a Horo - especially for me!It’s clear, if it’s possible, I'll be back again next year! I promise!