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One Night In Ruse, Bulgaria

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Just like when I was cycling into the city of Varna just over a week prior, the street coming into Ruse, Bulgaria was also lined with prostitutes (although not nearly as many as in Varna).

Upon entering the actual city center I made my way into the central park where I met two very nice female Mormon missionaries from California. When I asked them if they knew where I could find a quality, yet affordable hotel for the night, the ladies offered to walk me to a nearby hotel on the shores of the Danube River.

This must have been the fanciest hotel in all of Ruse, and yet my room cost only 40 Lev (about $26 USD). After thanking the girls for showing me to the hotel, checking into my room and taking a quick shower, I returned to the streets of Ruse and found a local restaurant where I ordered a large vegetarian pizza to go. While the pizza was being made, I walked around Ruse’s center and snapped the images you see above. For a city that I had never heard of before and a place that I had no expectations about, Ruse was really rather charming.

I later returned to the restaurant where I ordered my pizza, took delivery of the pie and then walked it down to the shores of the Danube river where I sat on a park bench and ate my well-deserved dinner as the sun set in the distance. The next day I would cycle out of Bulgaria and cross over into a new country – Romania!!!

About Darren Alff

My goal as the Bicycle Touring Pro is to give you the confidence and inspiration you need to travel by bicycle anywhere in the world. I do all of the work on this website by myself. Since 2007, all of the articles, books, emails, interviews, photos, podcasts and videos have been created by me in my spare time. Thanks to the generous donations I receive from readers like you, I'm able to focus on creating regular, high-quality content; invest further in developing the website; and cover the costs related to my bicycle touring activities.

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