Waiting time: 2h, a night + 15 min
We arrived here around 5pm. Everything seemed to be going according to our plans – we are going to make it in Turkey before October. We were actually so close to the border that it would have been possible to walk to the crossing, only problem being it was up the hill. We were out of Bulgarian money. We had spent all our euros also on the way. Taken all that into account we thought it’s better to stay around this place and get a car asap. If everything else fails, we had the opportunity to go to the town – our GPS told us there is an ATM and some shops. At least we could buy some food if we will get stuck.
There were not many cars passing and probably in the first hour we saw more horses and cows than cars. Most of the people were locals going back and forth to town. It seemed to be too late for hitchhiking. We entertained ourselves with the big beetles that were crossing the street once in a while.
After about two hours we realized we are stuck in this place. The sounds coming from the stomach reported that its time to eat. Usually we carry a power bar or two but this time we had it all finished. To not miss the closing times of the shops, we headed towards the town. What we found from there was a bunch of locals drinking cheap beer in a grill bar. We joined in, ordered some meat skewers for the bill of 10 LEV, taken as a souvenir, and some change left in our pockets.
We did some shopping in the store that had less selection of goods than two of us have fingers and went back to the road crossing to set up our tent. The sky was clear, sun was setting and it promised a cold night for us. During the night the sky was full of stars and it was really beautiful and quiet around there. Just the temperature was as low as 5 degrees during the night. Our gear is most comfortable with 10+ degrees, especially after we had misplaced our space blanket somewhere. So this night was about survival, not sleeping.
The next morning we woke up, packed our bags, went on the roadside and got a car in about 15 minutes! We were greeted by Boris and his friend. They were really interesting people and we felt sorry our with them only lasted for an hour. Later we had some tea and coffee with them, shared some traveling stories and we they gave us our first intro into Turkish culture and language.
We entered Turkey about 10am on the 1st of October so we were behind our plans for only 10 hours.