Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
99Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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Welcome to Bulgaria. This is what I'm putting up with in my hostel. A great hostel! Free dinner and breakfast. They sit you down with a map when you arrive and talk you through the city. The showers are awesome, the beds are comfy. Sadly, the room mates are idiots. The guy in reference, who shares my first name, is the kind of guy who you will see in the future has been sentenced to death in some Asian country or you'll see him on the TV at Sydney airport, having tested positive for all sorts of substances.
Another British guy in the room, is talking loudly about how he got wasted last night, will get wasted tonight and later that night, walks in at 4am and turns on the lights to the dorm. Oh boy, I am back on my travels and back to avoiding knob heads.
Like I said, the hostel was awesome, free coffee available all day. Leftover food that needed eating up. A pool table. I'd recommend the place for sure. Though, it's fully booked for the night of Bulgaria v England Euro qualifier. No, I'm not going. I need to continue moving, though I do plan to find a bar to watch it in. If I go, they'll play crap. Simple as that.
The train and bus stations are north of the city, about a 15 minute walk. My compass is playing tricks on me but find my way. One young lad stops me, tells me I have too much luggage and less luggage is better. He moves on without saying another word.
I read about Sofia having plenty of cheap Kebab and pizza outlets. The thought of this, seeing as I hadn't had lunch yet, had me salivating. So, my first mission in Sofia, was to find a kebab. After 30 minutes of searching, I ask for a kebab and am produced with a falafel. It was delicious, although the contents spilled onto my trousers. I also walked by many ice cream stores and seeing as the temperature was well into the 30s, I satisfied the desire. Delicious!
Sofia is a very modern and energetic city. Standing at the foot of Mt Vitosha, it is a busy capital city. The roads are jammed with traffic, the streets and full of modern and stylish shops and there is an abundance of history and culture to enjoy. The main attraction is the Alexander Nevski church with gold domes. Built in dedication to the Russian warrior.
The majority of roads lead to the Church of St George, right in the centre of Bulgaria. The city reminds me of Paris and Buenos Aires. Large buildings towering the sky line. Long boulevards as far as the eye can see. Coffee culture like it has just been invented. A wonderful place to explore and lose yourself in.
There is an obvious difference in size compared to the Easter European capitals of Macedonia and Tirana. This is like being in London, and the former, like being in cute little Durham. I love walking by the various fruit and veg market stalls. The cute little art sellers in the parks and outside the Alexander Nevski church.
I would always recommend Sofia for a day. Explore the city, enjoy some coffee, kick back and watch the world go by. Wander into the parks, watch old men play chess to a crowd of twenty people. Walk past individuals who throw a stone against a tree, catch it and then walk on. Marvel at the architecture and scan your eyes around the building to find the little intricate details.
Sofia was sweet, charming and a good companion.
Next up, Plovdiv.
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