2016 – Bansko Bulgaria Easter

Rila MonasteryMonastery Bulgaria

Stone Flower Restaruant
Poor Food – But On The Flip Side Terrible Service

You know your onto a classy restaurant when the greeter, in response to queries about opening hours makes comments eluding to Chicki-Chicki.. which it subsequently turned out has something to do with the local prostitution industry.. Probably should have made an effort to move on there and then, didn’t … it was late after a long day of traveling and would only later come to appreciate the delights not immediately apparent from the relatively pleasant look of the place.


Ski Black Run Bansko
Black 9 – A Fun Run

Ski Bulgaria

ski paragliding banskoMountains Bansko

Bansko Skiing Food Sausage

If you set aside the taste, which is not great if you set aside the texture, which is unusually fibrous and chewy – forged on the back a significant contribution of fat and your still left with an incapable pause in the enjoyment of the offering While the outside has been grilled in the familiar style the center remains coloured in the raw style and cold to point that is moderately over the temperature it has when collected from its frozen customer awaiting dwelling


Dog Eating Sausages From Bin
Lunch comes to one beneficiary of the culinary offerings
Chair Lift Bansko
Modernish – Few Queues – Powered By Pure Raw 900cc power, time to apply sun cream and indulge in any pocked snacks

Food offerings and the propensity to attempt to offload various forms of drugs (and such like) – aside.  A fine and enjoyable skiing option.

Very Fine Ski Rental – Inter Sport Bansko

The resort  basically consists of two pistes , four if you divide them at the midpoint.  One down either side of the mountain ending in Black 9 and Red 12.  Its not challenging but neither was it busy (mostly), so these moderate run can be fairly well enjoyed without impediment – and they are fun runs.

The food on the piste is ok – Sausages aside, STICK WITH THE PROPER RESTAURANTS EVEN WHEN BUSY!!!! .

The town is not the nicest, alot of semi built things, with people approaching you whenever you venture out of an evening in a most persistent fashion. So there is either ignoring that, taxis or a hire care.  If i was to go again & its certainly not out of the question for a long weekend, i would have an apartment not a hotel and a hire car for the transfer on hand there after to get about accosted.  I would also be able to cook for myself as aside from the average-decent standards of the Irish harp the rest was a mixture of something you never ordered, cold / tepid (not salads – meat and chips cold)  & chewey .. It really seemed all about the cook yourself as the way forward.

Quote Book – [30] – Society & Government

Everything that makes man’s life worthwhile – family, work, education, a place to rear one’s children, and a place to rest one’s head – all this depends on decisions of government; all can be swept away by a government which does not heed the demands of its people.  Therefore, the essential humanity of men can be protected and preserved only where government must answer – not just to the wealthy, not just to those of a particular religion, or a particular race, but to all of its people.
There are hazards in debating American policy in the pace of a stern and dangerous enemy.  But that hazard is the essence of our democracy.  Democracy is no easy form of government.  Few nations have been able to sustain it.  For it requires that we take the chances of freedom; that the liberating play of reason be brought to bear in events filled with passion; that dissent be allowed to make its appeal for acceptance; that men chance error in their search for the truth…
The constitution protects wisdom and ignorance, compassion and selfishness alike.  But that dissent which consists simply of sporadic and dramatic acts sustained by neither continuing labour or research – that dissent which seeks to demolish while lacking both the desire and direction for rebuilding, that dissent which, contemptuously or out of laziness, casts aside the practical weapons and instruments of change and progress – that  kind of dissent is merely self-indulgence.  It is satisfying, perhaps, only to those who make it

Make gentle the life of this world

Quote Book – [29] – Character: People & Politicians

Americans seem to have two natures, one extraordinarily positive and forthright, the other dark and cynical.  Historically, in challenging times, it has been easiest for politicians to appeal to the baser side.  Thus we’ve had the success of Father Coughlin and Huey Long during the depression, and later, of George Wallace.  (It has always struck me as odd that virtually all of the Democrats who supported George Wallace had previously been RFK Deomocrats.  The same Americans who voted for Wallace were able to share RFK’s vision of this country – a much different view.) I have never come across a public pronouncement by RFK in which he made an appeal to the darker side.
Father Charles Coughlin occupied both a strange and a familiar place in American politics in the 1930s. Politically radical, a passionate democrat, he nevertheless was a bigot who freely vented angry, irrational charges and assertions. A Catholic priest, he broadcast weekly radio sermons that by 1930 drew as many as forty-five million listeners. Strongly egalitarian, deeply suspicious of elites, a champion of what he saw as the ordinary person’s rights, Coughlin frequently and vigorously attacked capitalism, communism, socialism, and dictatorship By the mid-1930s, his talks took on a nasty edge as he combined harsh attacks on Roosevelt as the tool of international Jewish bankers with praise for the fascist leaders Benito Mussolini and Adolph Hitler. The “Radio Priest’s” relentless anti-elitism pushed Roosevelt to sharpen his own critiques of elites, and in that sense Coughlin had a powerful impact on American politics beyond his immediate radio audience. This 1937 sermon, “Twenty Years Ago,” reflected much of what made Coughlin popular.
Huey Long first came to national attention as governor of Louisiana in 1928 and U.S. Senator in 1930. He ruled Louisiana as a virtual dictator, but he also initiated massive public works programs, improved public education and public health, and even established some restrictions on corporate power in the state. While Long was an early supporter of Franklin Roosevelt, by the fall of 1933 the Long-Roosevelt alliance had ruptured, in part over Long’s growing interest in running for president. In 1934 Long organized his own, alternative political organization, the Share-Our-Wealth Society, through which he advocated a populist program for redistributing wealth through sharply graduated income and inheritance taxes. As his national recognition (and ambitions) grew, he spoke with increasing frequency to national radio audiences. No politician in this era—except Roosevelt himself and Long’s sometime ally, Father Charles Coughlin—used radio as frequently and effectively. In this April 1935 radio address, Long sharply criticized FDR and the New Deal and then sketched out his alternative program.
“It is simple to follow the easy and familiar path of personal ambition and private gain.  It is more comfortable to sit content in the easy approval of friends and of neighbours than to risk the friction and the controversy that comes with public affairs.  It is easier to fall in step with the slogans of others than to march to the beat of the internal drummer – to make and stand on judgements of your own.  And it is far easier to accept and to stand on the past, than to fight for the answers of the future.” Daniel Webster, American lawyer, orator, and statesman  (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852)
[During one of RFK’s speeches, a student in the crowd asked, “where are you going to get all the money for these federally subsidised programmes you’re talking about?] From you.  Let me say something about the tenor of that question and some of the other questions.  There are people in this country who suffer.  I look around this room and i don’t see many black faces who are going to be doctors.  You can talk about where the money will come form ….Part of civilised society is to let people go to medical school who come from the ghettos.  You don’t see many people coming out of the ghettos or off the indian reservations to medical school.  You are the privileged ones here.  It’s easy to sit back and say it’s the fault of the federal government, but it’s our responsibility, too.  It’s our society, not just our government, that spends twice as much on pets as on poverty program.  It’s the poor who carry the major burden of the struggle in Vietnam.  You sit here as white medical students while black people carry the burden of fighting in Vietnam.

Make gentle the life of this world