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... air and find something to eat. Again got confused by the underpasses (must admit though, I'd be far more nervous about crossing these wide boulevards even there were crosswalks and lights), and found a nice little Bulgarian coffee shop … Star-something, I think it was; had a mermaid inside a green roundel as its logo. Got myself a brie, turkey, and bacon sandwich (surprisingly tasty) and an iced mocha in an attempt to stay awake till a respectable going-to-bed ...
... tired from sleeping on the plane the previous night, so we both fell asleep without much trouble. Nobody else seemed to concerned with sleeping, and we made a ton of stops throughout the trip. After about 1 hour we stopped for the first smoking break, and the second came about an hour later.
Three hours into the trip, we reached the border between Turkey and Bulgaria. Leaving Turkey was super easy—we blew right ...
... that was the norm before), so coming home this time felt like I had never really left. Mom had made shopska salad and eggplant dip and banitza and bean soup for me, and of course there were slices of feta cheese and lukanka to feast on. And beer and wine. And Ritter Sport chocolate with hazelnuts. Bulgarian news were on in the background, friends I've had for almost 20 years were calling and texting... Home is home, even after so many years abroad.
... I was wondering all the time why she was even there anyway, given we were the only three people in the entire coach. After she gave us our allocated sleeping berths, she went back into her room and read for the entire journey. I could see a few empty bottles of beer inside her compartment too. Tough gig. Perhaps she was also there to fix loose bolts or weld broken latches if and when the need arose.
After falling asleep fairly peacefully we were woken the next morning ...
... and back Simon and now its printed in a blog too haha gutted xxxx The next day a guy called joe joined our dorm room and we got chatting and if you think the other Simon was coincidental wait for this one...turns out Joe was in belgrade when we were,on our night train coming in, then our hostel, then our room. And to top it all off he's from colchester!? Well I must have looked like a right wierdo when we worked it all out haha. We later realised that ...