One of the secret treasures of the Black Sea port city of Varna is a garden of ancient Roman baths. Built in 2nd century AD, these babies are the 4th largest Roman Thermae in Europe and the largest in the Balkans. To walk through something that was still standing over 2000 years ago is still beyond me and there was certainly no shortage of tunnels and caves and things to climb on to keep us entertained on our first day in Bulgaria. We even heard a young american couple speaking english, over which we rejoiced at the sound of our mother tongue coming from someone else other than ourselves. It's the little things in life..

The rest of the day was spent wandering aimlessly through the city streets, gift buying, food tasting and trying to pick up as much Bulgarian as our internationally crammed minds could take in. Waking up completely alone in a strange country is a rush I was born for, and learning new languages, meeting new people and getting lost in different cultures is something I will never get tired of.

Well the sun is starting to set and the beach is calling my name. Perhaps I'll learn something new and philosophical, or perhaps I won't. Sometimes the beauty of life is to sit back, take a deep breathe, and simply acknowledge that it's beautiful.