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We left Veliko Turnovo on a public bus headed for the city of Sofia. Our bags were packed with a very nice wine that we have dubbed the "Angry Jesus" wine. We travelled through some beautiful country side, over a mountainous pass, and down the other side at such a breakneck speed that it made Ivan very nervous. Particularly due to a sheer cliff on …
... flavors. Funky as in, by eating this I am hedging my bets as to how likely it is that this will lead to food poisoning. It was all kinds of wrong. Since the salad had been a disaster I had more bites of that meal than I should have, but eventually just decided that the desire to avoid the risk of sickness far outweighed hunger that night. So disappointing. With that, it was back up to the room to pack. I had a flight to Bucharest in the morning.
... not speak Bulgarian, but we both spoke Hebrew. For 20 minutes, he and I had a full conversation about the demographics, history and current topics of the Sofia Jewish community. The synagogue had clearly survived WWII and was not subject to Nazi destruction - what happened?
It turned out Bulgaria's WWII history and its Jewish community ties was very interesting. Although Bulgaria had both instituted restrictive laws of its Jewish community AND ...
... 19th century.
Around this center, there are the houses for the now 1 million inhabitants. Some areas have flair, some less, as it goes in big towns. But buildings from the 1960's are considered old, because a lot of the houses that were built around the center around 1900 had to be removed to make room for bigger and better housing later.
But of course you also find big-city-life in Sophia. Lots of terraces, ...
... but the history and the people of Bulgaria make it fascinating. The 'palace' which we expected to be some kind of Russian-influenced architectural gem turned out to be a communist, concrete, monstrosity which greatly resembled the charter house building behind Blockbuster in Ashford and was closed anyway. We decided the charter house building looked a bit more fun too. We did, however, manage to find the more beautiful architecture of the city and looked round some ...
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