I am enjoying a short break in the sunshine at the Black Sea in Bulgaria – a resort called Sunny Beach. The hotel where I am staying is pleasant and small. And if I sit opposite reception, I can get wifi access. This is great for me as I can get my emails and avoid having hundreds to respond to when I return – instead I can sit in the sun and delete, delete, delete.
Of course, I can also blog, check my Facebook account, review responses to my SurveyMonkey survey, update the MIPAA website and all the other wonderful things it is possible to do using the Internet today.
Another benefit is that I can use the web to check out more about Sunny Beach. At first glance it unfortunately reminds me of Spanish holiday resorts where there are big hotels, primarily catering for the “kiss me quick” type of tourist with burgers and chips, happy hour cocktails and tacky shops. I’m sure there is more to the area, but the beauty of the Black Sea is a little lost with the “could be anywhere” tourism tat.
From my hotel balcony, however, I have a great view of the shiny Black Sea and can watch birds fly around the trees that surround us. Having also had many weeks with nothing but the rain in the UK, the sunshine is just brilliant and uplifts the spirits.
I know that I should be having a break from work, etc, but it is less stressful for me to know everything is under control than face an online deluge on my return. I am also less stressed knowing that I can use my mobile to call my parents and check everything is okay back home. I have a good deal with Vodafone, so it shouldn’t cost me a fortune either.
That’s more levs (local currency) for food and drink then. I always have a “small beer” on holiday as it reminds me of spending time with my nephew in Portugal when he was six (he’s nearly 24 now). We had a lovely time – with the sandy beaches being “hot, hot, hot” and him laughing every evening when I ordered a “small beer”. So cheers Rick!!