North Macedonia & Bulgaria June 2019

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Coming back from a couple of weeks flying holiday seems is a hard thing to do, home is never good enough..it never was actually.
Our road trip to North Macedonia started with the left foot, the forecast looked sheety for next 2 weeks, I broke my newly received present ( a bamboo eco drinking cup) in the car's door,ย  we got hail on our way there that I had to put my sleeping bag over the windscreen that it wouldn't break.. And probably many other stuff that I don't even remember anymore because after that, the trip was amazing.
In Ljubanista, North Macedonia we've met the group of people we meet every year for the last 4 years and also new people and we joined them to their organized SIV course over the Lake Ohrid. We had the best time there like I wouldn't imagine when I left home.
The place is pretty remote, as I like it ๐Ÿ™‚ and I want to stay there for longer period of time because it has everything Iย need: a clear and sweet water lake, mountains all around, a small beach and enjoy the silence ๐Ÿ™‚
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So the first week was great for flying and trying stuff over the water. Next days were great for swimming, kayaking, visiting and scuba for the first time :D. That was really really great in Ohrid Lake, being so clear water. Love Ohrid Lake! Thanks, Anouk for the tips ๐Ÿ™‚
One of the days I learned how to repair broken wings, thank you Ivo for your patience ๐Ÿ™‚
I even got a haircut on the beach! Thank you Pepi for the new hairstyle, you rock!
Because the weather was good, but the wind not so much for flying again in Ljubanista, we decided to leave earlier to Krusevo, also in North Macedonia, where we had 2 days of flying and a little XC on my first flight there ๐Ÿ˜„ย ย  https://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:raluca_dd/27.06.2019/11:09
Last 2 days were set for Kongur Air Fest, at the Bulgarian- Greek border, where the views are amazing. The top to the bottom difference there is around 1800m and the mountains are really spectacular. My flight there wasn't that pleasant because I think I took off in the rotor and after taking off I had a big frontal collapse with a twist and I was so lucky I wasn't that close to the ground, but even if I just came from SIV course, I got nervous in the air, so I shortened the flight. All in all, the place is great but because it is faced north, the thermals come from the southern part of the mountain so it was rather turbulent air.ย  The music from the festival was cool and I really enjoyed it.
Next days I will make a compilation of my movies over the lake, like every year ๐Ÿ™‚
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The first day we had tailwind so we decided to go kayaking and it was so cool that I have to share some pictures.
Next 5 days were flyable and I had so much fun climbing over Magaro and then going over the lake. I was a little nervous with my Rush 5 over the lake but after a few stalls, I calmed down: the wing is ok. The only thing is that it has so many plastics in the leading edge that it got cravats after every maneuver. Luckily, I managed to get used to this, so no big deal there.ย  The spiral dive though..not so great :)) I tried many times to exit ok, so after many fails, I figured that maybe I shouldn't try SAT this time :)) But for sure next year!
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