the butterfly villa got closed down because the german owner was employing
romanian staff with no contracts - cash in hand.
in the flag hostel, i always had backpackers helping for a free bed and free beer
every day, so i didn't need to worry about giving contracts.
its was all a bit odd because the butterfly had been running for quite some time
- then suddenly, i get a fire - and they get raided on the same day - and closed down.
they did re-open with contracts a couple of months later but it was too late
other bucharest hostels had moved in and plugged the gap
so im pretty sure the hostel that arrange our fire, also grassed up the butterfly
to inflict maximum damage to me
as the number were well down after the butterfly got closed down, i just sold up and left - moving then up to constanta, romania
will i start another hostel in varna ?
the biggest problem in varna for anyone opening a hostel, is not the mafia.
it's yoho hostel.
stefan, the owner is a b u l l s h i t t i n g sneaky little ****.
when they first opened, the used to call me every week to have meeting t o
i went along to the first meeting, just see what he had to say.
we agree to both charge 9 euros in april.
then 2 days later, i noticed they put their charge down to 8 without telling.
so, they obviously couldn't be trusted to honour their side of the deal.
i didn't bother to go to any of their other meetings.
i called stefan to ask him what he was up to ?
he replied he had to talk to hostel mostel in sofia to agree the price.
i know assen, the owner there.
i called assen and asked what is going on.
he replied ' the prices in varna are nothing to do with me in sofia '
which is what i thought.
i called stefan back and told him i had spoken to assen.
stefan, realising he had been caught out b u l l s h i t t i n g me, started
shouting i slammed the phone down.
i have never spoken to him on the phone since. i cannot be bothered with the little
s h i t
in april 2009, i had an backpacker from australia called lulu, working for
free accomodation etc.
i explained everything to her and how the links from kiev, right down to varna
worked so she knew what to tell backpackers leaving us and heading towards bucharest going back the other way.
we also had a poster up in the common room explaining to backpckers that sofia
is s h i t ( which it is ) and that they should not waste any of their holidays
this helped to steer guests up to bucharest after they left varna,
which is where i wanted them to go - and the butterfly .
the butterfly, the other way, would steer guests up to kiev as we both had
8 hostels in kiev ( all owned by the same owner ) send people down to us.
i explained her main role would be to sit, chat with the guests and show them around the city. if backpackers liked the atmostphere, they would automatically stay longer and rent beds longer.
lulu started off ok but after a couple of months, i caught her in bed with one of the
guests AND his brother !
yes a threesome on a single bunk
when i asked her ' what was she doing '
she replied ' i thought you wanted me to make the guests stay longer '
i sacked her immediately and she left.
the two guys she was s h a g g i n g also left
so i guess she wasn't a very good s h a g as the two brothers didn't
stay any longer !
when she left, she ran straight to yoho and stayed there.
so i have my suspicions that she went blagging to yoho about everything that
went on in the flag.
only two months later, we had he fire and the butterfly got closed down.
i also found out, after lulu left, one of my english teacher friends was sleeping with lulu as well - BEFORE i caught her in bed with the two brothers.
what a s l a g.
just before the fire, there was another guy called grant who came.
he was a lively guy, a good drinker and popular with other backpackers.
he made friends instantly as if he had known everyone for ages.
but he was a bit full on with the girls.
one girl in particular, he kept grabbing her breasts.
she told him several times to stop but he just laughed and carried on.
the girl complained to me and so out of respect to her, i threw grant out.
where do he go ?
yes running to yoho.
anticipating he would go there, i phoned stefan the owner, described to him what
he was wearing and explained that i had thrown him out because he kept attacking
stefan told me on the phone, don't worry, we i won't let him in.
that night, down at the cubo bar on varna beach, chatting with all the guests, who should turn up, yes grant - to a heroes welcome from the all the guys.
he started bragging how he had moved to yoho which mean't he would stay another week in varna.
he received a massive cheer and half the bar walked off with him along to the clubs.
he had turned into some kind of ring leader for the guys.
i was disgusted as stefan had told me he would not let him in.
obviously, yoho don't care if you are a sex attacker.
they will still take you in and take your money for a bed.
so no doubt, grant will have been talking to yoho too about what what on
in the flag.
since the flag lost 1/3 of its guests because the butterfly got closed down,
yoho now dominates the backpacker scene in varna.
as well as their main building, they rent 5 extra apartments, that i know about,
in the centre for guests during july and august every year.
i doubt whether the municipality know about them ?
so if you want to open a hostel in varna troyan, be my guest - but its not
i have moved onto websites now and i make as much as the hostel made, with
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