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It is almost 7 am on Saturday, 9/6 here in Sofia. I've been awake for a little while now, and I gave up on the notion of sleeping in as my mind had already started working. I knew it was time to get up when I started thinking about what I'd write in this entry while lying in bed!
Before I left for this trip, I went back and forth on whether to check luggage or carry on. My dad had asked met to bring him something small from the US I ...
... grass and watched the world go by. An american juggler was throwing knives on a nearby hill, and a jazz trio were playing soothing music which carried across the pavement. It was all rather studenty and delightful. We sat there and slowly made a dent in the beer, feeling sad that we had to leave.
The next train was no better than the first, and far more crowded. But the journey went much quicker and smoother this time, aided in part by a third two litre bottle of beer ...
... VT we will need to get a container to send stuff home. Unbelievable! We are now in Sofia and loving it. We are staying in a huge one bedroom apartment and it is sooooo good being able to eat home cooked food again. While it is very easy to choose excellent home cooked fare in Bulgarian restaurants and cafes, the food is still a little too rich as the Bulgarians love their cheese. So the first afternoon we arrived we hit the local supermarket and went crazy. We ...
... later and I finally received my new passport. During this time I also received my bank card. Progress..with me, not the government. The only thing I had left to do was to go to the Bulgarian Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia and get my visa.
If only it was that simply. I had to go to the police station in Dimitrovgrad and then the Immigration Office in Sofia to get the documents I needed to get the visa. Chaos. Efficiency is ...
... day. Explore the city, enjoy some coffee, kick back and watch the world go by. Wander into the parks, watch old men play chess to a crowd of twenty people. Walk past individuals who throw a stone against a tree, catch it and then walk on. Marvel at the architecture and scan your eyes around the building to find the little intricate details.
Sofia was sweet, charming and a good companion.
Next up, Plovdiv.