Holiday Village Diplomat
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... hand and has an owl sitting on her other arm. It's a bit overblown, but certainly an improvement on ol' Vladimir "Sourpuss" Ilyich.
Our next visit was to the Sofia Synagogue, one of the biggest (quite small) Sephardic synagogues in Europe. Supposedly it can fit over 1100 people in it, but I'm skeptical. In fact, today's congregation is so small that the women, instead of using the upper level, sit down on the main level. I've never been in a synagogue before, ...
... joints. The thing is, it has the same population as Auckland, yet Auckland feels more crowded. I think it's because Sofia doesn't seem to have - or at least, I haven't visited - any real CBD area.
That doesn't mean that it isn't vibrant, by any means. There seems to be a decent social buzz about the place, though I still haven't quite gathered the energy to partake in this. I think that might be the large lunch talking.
What I ...
... I'll say it again - at any moment you can decide to sit down for a beer or a drink or a shopska salad in the city, and you will be able to do so within a block or two. Even if you are in a park. Actually, especially if you are in a park.
Thursday was my dad's 63rd birthday. This was the first time I've celebrated it with him since 1998. We went out for dinner at his favorite place in town, and I asked my parents questions about how they grew up. Their answers were ...
... out that they are not open until noon. There was no one even there to take my bags for the day. It was just a locked door. Useless. Luckily the Dutch ladies were nice enough to let me leave my bags in their hotel for the day while we went out sightseeing.
Their hotel was right around the corner from my new hostel so I met up with them, dropped off my bags and we headed out. I ...
... and covers.
Surprisingly they weren't bothered about me taking pictures with such old and religious artefacts.
Then I was able to goto the Mosque for Friday prayers. It was confusing being able to tell who is who as there were many clean shaven white European Balkan muslims here ...