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... Budapest was already on my priority-to-visit list. I'm definitely going to visit after I finish in Bulgaria next summer.
A couple of jobs needed doing after that; topping up my Bulgarian phone at a Vivacom shop and getting hold of some AA batteries that worked. Once I'd done those, I walked to Aleksander Nevski church and looked round the interior. It was very impressive, with massive candelabras hanging from wonderfully painted ceilings. Only ...
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Entry into Bulgaria was fine. Went through passport control and got it stamped without any further questions. Bag came along fairly quickly. Exchanged $200 Cdn for 224 Bulgarian lev and organized a taxi, too tired to worry about a possibly cheaper van option at the other terminal . The driver hit 127kph at one stretch. He spoke pretty good English.
To the Hotel Budapest. Brekkie ...
... weren´t so many indeed. We could have taken a public bus that leaves at 10.20 from Sofia, arrives in the monastery at about 13.00 and then there is another bus going back at about 15.00. The ticket costs EUR 11. After considering all pros and cons we booked the tour with our hostel and paid for one more night.
Day 2: September 6, 2013
After another king size breakfast we were ready for the tour to the Rila Monastery. We were a group of 7 people ...
... apartment. We even had our own spa and sauna in the room !!! It was 45 Euro (A$55).
Had dinner in a pizza cafe which are very popular in Bulgaria. Chicken kebab and pizza and drink for about A$4 (for all of us!).
The food here is excellent. Shareen especially loves the fact that they put chips into the doner kebab.
Accommodation: Hotel Maxim 45 Euros
Temp: -2 and cloudy
100 Leva = A$63
100 Euro = ...
... found our berth, and stood in the aisle with other passengers watching the sites as the train eased it's way out of Sophia.
This very short trip from Istanbul to Sophia was an eye opener for us - completely different, a little unnerving - never scared but unsure - and interesting at the same time. I guess that's why we travel - to see and experience the good and the different and appreciate home.