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Oct 2, 2014
Well,.....hello again! I'm writing this from 35,000 feet in the sky. After a whole WEEK at home,.....I'm 'on the rode again'. (Or in this case,.....in the AIR again.)
My destination is Rome, Italy,.....where I'll catch a Regional Jet to Sofia, Bulgaria. After arriving in Sofia,....I'll wait a couple of hours,...then meet up with my old friend, ...
Not much to say about this place, it was more a connection stop than a city stop. Sore ANOTHER church, then had macca's and that was my Sophia experience. Although buying alcohol was a pretty funny experience, it was just this little window literally on the ground, and they spoke no English. So we are pretty much lying down on the street talking to these dudes in a floor window explaining what drinks we wanted ...
... we found ourselves in a local park with a small boating lake so for a very small fee of £3 we hired a pedalo for 30 minutes and relaxed on the lake. The sun was shining and it was all very picturesque. Charly fell in.
Unfortunately that was a jape but wouldn't that have made for hilarious blog reading?!
We popped back to the hostel to secure our plans for tomorrow. Sadly we arrive in Belgrade at 5:10 on a night train that is notoriously unhygienic, hot and ...
... playing buskers, because it's always handy to have on your hands on some copywrite-free Bulgarian music.
It's a bit sad that so many people tick Bulgaria off their list merely by visiting Sofia, a nice-enough capital city but with nothing special to recommend it beyond churches, prostitution and brutalism. But I certainly didn't hate the place. It was a different experience; a poor-man's Moscow. And if you're really lucky, the Bulgarians might let you taste their ...
... There may have been arbors elsewhere, but the streets were certainly lined with them with the little grape leaf buds.
We parked on the road below the monastery since the parking lot was filled - Saturday being a very popular day to visit the monastery. We entered the courtyard surrounded with tiers of arches containing rooms for the 800 monks who once lived here. Now there are only 3 monks who provide morning and evening services daily. ...