At 163 km from Sofia, according to Google, there is a small village which for some years in the past was known as ‘the village just below the famous Dobarsko – the one with the 16th-century church with Jesus Christ in a rocket’. Today, Gorno Draglishte is known as the village of the joyful grannies who welcome every visitor as a long-lost friend. They are like a constant spring of humour and good mood; you can never be tired or depressed around them.
If you happen to visit the guesthouse of Deshka located right at the turn to – believe it or not – the village of Dobarsko, it is very likely that humour will arrive soon in the face of Garndma Lena and Grandma Yana. Dressed in the colourful local costumes, they seem to feel equally comfortable at +30 and -5°C. Mind that the costumes are made of wool. The grannies help the host, Deshka, with serving meals but mostly they present themselves as the ‘local animators’ who entertain visitors. And entertain they do!
If you happen to pass by, you’re welcome to stay. The cheerful ladies will cook you the best home meal ever, with delicious 100% local products. They will sing playful songs for you and tell juicy jokes for you. One of them I show to make French fries in the village-stype but I’m not gonna spoil it, you have to hear it for yourselves. Then they will dress you in one of their colourful costumes, put a kerchief on your head and take by the hand out, in the yard, to dance horo. And this will last as long as you can manage. There’s your challenge!