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Polkovnik Serafimovo| Polkovnik Serafimovo, Bulgaria
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Getting to Meadows in the Mountains is no joke. If you fly into Sofia (the capital), it's about a four-hour bus ride to Polkovnik Serafimovo. Because this festival is so remote, attendees need to allot a considerable amount of time for transportation to and from the grounds. Sofia International Airport, the main airport in the capital of Bulgaria, is about four and a half hours away from the site, whereas the smaller Plovdiv Airport is about two and a half hours away. For those who leave the fest and are headed directly back to the airport, the organizers suggest doubling the amount of time for the return trip.
Once you get to the Polkovnik Serafimovo, there are a few ways to get up the mountain to the actual festival. Most excitingly, locals have established a horse and cart service that will take passengers from village home stays to the fest founds and back, all day every day. In more modern offerings, taxis shuttle fest-goers down the mountain from 10pm until 6am. Or finally, you can hoof it for about 20-30 minutes up the mountain and enjoy a downhill grass bob-sleighing adventure back to town.
While some folks prefer to find home stays in the town of Polkovnik Serafimovo, most indulge in the camping experience. Camping at Meadows in the Mountains costs £6.50-10 per person, in order to cover land rental from the villagers. But for those who prefer glamping, the festival offers two, four, and six-person bell tents, loaded with single and double beds, pillows, and near eco-toilets for between £96-112.50 per person. Plus, the higher up the mountain you camp, the better the view.
While Bulgaria is fairly cheap–the country has yet to convert to the Euro and the local Leva is exchange is usually in Westerners' favor – prices at the festival can range. Tickets (at least in the early on-sale stages) cost less that £100, but camping can set you back some cash, depending on how you swing it.
Like more and more festivals these days, Meadows in the Mountains offers a volunteer plan for potential attendees. According to the festival website, "like-minded individuals" interested in set-up and decorations, artist relations, production, information assistance, and security, can apply to volunteer at the event by emailing email@example.com. Those who are accepted will receive a festival pass and three meals per day for each day of volunteering.
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