Radisson Blu Grand Hotel, Sofia
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Breakfast and depart Belgrade for Sofia in Bulgaria, so many countries I am starting to lose track. Once again heading south we stop at a city called Nis in Serbia, this is where Constantine the Great was born and recently they celebrated his 1700th anniversary by installing a monument in his memory.
Walked through the CBD and the town …
... very quickly and easily.
I had a bit of time to kill, so I tried to change some leva into Macedonian denari. No such luck, so I decided to walk along to Serdika bus station after all, just to find another bureau de change. Luckily I managed to find one quickly and got my hands on some denari for the first time. It looked quite exotic to me, very colourful. The name is evocative of the Roman denarii, too - after all, Macedonia did used to be in the Roman ...
... part of the route was replaced by a bus service. The thing is, every answer about just where and when to change from bus to train and train to another train seemed to be different. To add to this, the official start date on my rail pass was stamped for the day after my departure date. This is to take advantage of the rule that overnight trains only count for one day, but usually there's an exception to that rule for the very first day of travel. I had to hope ...
... win just to go into overtime, yet the score was 0:0 with seconds left in the game. Then a substitute got the ball from a deflection outside of the penalty box, and ever so effortlessly blasted it into the back of the Romanian net. Ludogorets survived with seconds to spare and took the game into overtime. 3 minutes left into that, with penalty shots looming, the Ludogorets goalie fouled a Romanian player who had outrun our defense. The foul took away an almost certain goal from ...
... condition and its possible catastrophic consequence.
So, telling you about today's travel, once we crossed over Nis in Serbia, road became narrower, with lots of bends, tunnels in the mountain pass. The last town we crossed in Serbia was Dimtrovgrad before we entered into Bulgeria. The passport officer at the Serbian border control though holding my Nepalese passport in his hand asked me if I were Turkish! I told Raj that the beard seems to ...