Sofia In A Day

Trip Start May 11, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

We had exactly one day to check out Sofia due to Dave and Natasha's schedule.   Looking at a general overview of the place we did not expect much since the city itself is not highly recommended.  Nevertheless, we set out to see the sites with the one full day we had.

Even though it was a nice sunny day it was bitterly cold with an icy wind that blew right through our coats.  The city was really spread out with no real central area that most European cities have. Getting from one unique building or area required walking vast distances past dreary gray surroundings.   Just as in other cities we would duck in to coffee shops and milk bars to warm up and replenish our sugar reserves.

We spent this day hop scotching around town checking out Orthodox churches, communist sculpture parks and Turkish dungeons.  Many of the Sofia's famous statues have been vandalized by people pulling off the statues arm, leg or entire body as a souvenir.  Some of the parks were full of metal ping pong tables that were swarming with old timers swinging away as if they were in their 20s!  I kept expecting some one to break a hip but they held strong!

 Some Bulgarian friends of Dave and Natasha agreed to meet us that night in a swanky bar with sexual bathroom doors before we had to catch our night train.  Unfortunately we ended up sitting on opposite sides of the bar and never did see each other until we had to get up to catch the train!  We quickly chatted before dashing off to the station.  
 They met us there for one last visit and gave us some Bulgarian drinks (Boza and Ayran)  One is a fermented drink that taste like dirty toes and the other is like drinking sour cream and salt water.....both good and  bad in their own way!  

Off to Romania!

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