Travel Blogs from Sofia
So we reach the end of this year's Christmas box distribution trip. We hope you have enjoyed the short snippets we have posted here; we've tried to share with you something of the experience of visiting so many different places with the presents and seeing so many happy faces.
We have had a lot of difficulty shooting video this year as …
... line at the Bulgarian border. This type of logistical nightmare is typical and makes the border patrol between the U.S. and Mexico seem like an EZ pass lane. To save on gas, those crossing into Bulgaria turn off their vehicles. When the line advances, they get out and push their cars forward. Families fall fast asleep only to be abruptly awakened by loud horn honking when it was time to move ahead 6 inches. We had heard the traffic was particularly congested due to ...
... lines, yelling at the officers because they need to catch their trains…we were waiting there like for 15 minutes and when it was finally our turn the lady told us: “Thessaloniki - no train!” but just in case she sent us to the desk no. 10 (international tickets) where we were supposed to wait for another 15 minutes – NO WAY! We left :)
Then we started heading to our hostel, on the way we passed through the local market (mainly with vegetable ...
... Today provides a reminder that there are large numbers of children growing up in communities like this one in Skravena; marginalised, ostracised, vilified even. There is a lot more to do.
This is our last post form the 2012 Christmas box trip. We have had a challenging but successful trip with more presents than ever before being given to children and families all across Bulgaria. None of this would be possible without the tremendous support of our donors in the UK ...
Another good tourist sight was the Russian Church of St Nicholas. This gold, onion-domed church was built in the early 20th Century to serve wealthy Russians of the city. It looked like it should have been in the heart of the Kremlin.
And then our final stop was a park just near Sofia University. One edge of the park was undergoing some sort of restoration work, but what we wanted to see was still on show. The Soviet Army Monument, a 111ft statue depicting ...
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