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Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia September 26th 2015

Marching on Together. In the days of old when a team in white were worrying Europe's elite and winning more than just the highest "away" crowd average award at each venue they visited, Sofia welcomed their presence. A snow covered Moscow was deemed too cold for UEFA Cup football by the mandarins in Switzerland. On 2 December 1999, the bandwagon rolled into town. Programme Man's finest hour had arrived. He organised Marching on Together playing out of the tannoy at the Stadium. The team couldn't reward the support and were rolled over by Spartak's Brizialian forwards. For the first time on the trip, the sun was shining when we ventured out of the hotel. The city was waking up and the stalls for a book fair were setting up further along Vitosha Boulevard. The dome of ... read more
Sofia
Slavia v Levski
Sofia

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia September 25th 2015

The Man in the Middle woke with ideas of mountaineering. I took one look at the weather out the window and suggested that the gloom could be against us. He was obviously fortified by his traditional sausage meal. The weather refused to be an obstacle to his mission. Clouds and mountains don't mix, but we set off regardless. The first mission was an all-day ticket for the metro, trams and buses. The ticket office at the adjacent Metro Station round the corner was the obvious place to start. Do you speak English, we inquired? It never ceases to amaze me, when the answer suggests perhaps one or two words to get by and then a perfect explanation of requirements follows. It wasn't quite that this time, but bonus points should be awarded anyway if they can ... read more
National Theatre
Museum of Socialist Art
Sofia

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia September 21st 2015

The Man in the Middle surveyed the departure board at Luton Airport. A board of outbound flights showed all on time with the exception of the 1420 hours to Sofia. Disappointing – we had an appointment to keep on arrival. Disappointment turned to despair on the discovery that the bar had one option of alcohol on offer – lukewarm bottles of Heineken at a ridiculous price. There should be a law against it. As the fantasy of a quiet couple of pints before take-off evaporated, we were pleased to see that the delay was only half an hour. It was football derby weekend across Europe. Inter v Milan, Red Star v Partizan – not for us this time – we were headed for the original Sofia derby, Slavia v Levski. After a further delay on the ... read more
Levski Sofia
CSKA Graffiti
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia November 25th 2014

SEE TEXT IN ENGLISH BELOW 27-28 Noviembre 2013 La búlgara Pepa estaba delante del aeropuerto, en la parada de autobús para ir al centro. Su marido es español, y se le veía desorientado en el país de su mujer, en el que nunca antes había estado: un palmo de nieve y tantas letras en cirílico le resultaron desconcertantes. El niño, de tantos años como horas de vuelo habiamos tenido desde Madrid, después de estar llorando a voz en grito durante 3 horas y media en el avión, parecía el más sereno de los tres. A Pepa se la notaba cansada. El marido estaba fuera de juego y el niño, ni se sabe: había estado gritando sin pausa como un demonio en el avión y ahora parecía un angelito mirando la nieve. No aguantaron más de 8 ... read more
León tonto --- Dumb lion
Parlamento --- Parliament
Palacio de Justicia --- Justice palace

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia July 28th 2014

27/28 juillet (De Varna vers Sofia) Je suis dans un vieux train rouille en direction de Sofia. Night train. Je suis le seul passager de ma capsule. Il y a quatres bancs vides devant moi qui font face aux identiques quatres bancs de mon cote. Le train ballotte dans la tiede nuit ferroviaire. Parfois, pour me degourdir, je vais longer les corridors metalliques en m'imaginant agent secret en terrain ennemi. Ke-Klock, Ke-Klock, Ke-Klock font les rails sous les wagons. (Musique de James Bond) Par les fenetres entre ouvertes, j' observe les paysages industriels illumines par les usines au ralentit et par les veilleuses rouge des inactives cheminees s' etirant comme des canons qui auraient la puissance de trouer la lune. Thermo nucleaire. La fenetre dans ma capsule personnelle s'ouvre grande comme une porte. Je l'ai teste. ... read more
The Wake Up! Cafe
Changement de garde
Gaz Mask

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia July 21st 2014

Sofia was not a city I expected much from, but I quite liked it. I stayed in a kind of weird hostel, but also liked that, mostly due to the woman who worked there. I had my own room the first time and then stayed in a dorm when I returned, before getting the bus to Greece. I went on the free walking tour, and enjoyed that. There are not many sights but there are many many churches. I also went to the archaeology museum and saw a movie the last day. The movie? Hercules. Freaking perfect, as it was set in northern Greece, where I was heading the next day!... read more
In the park
Church
Ruins in the subway

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia July 13th 2014

14 juillet 2014 ... Je sort de l'avion de Turkish Airlines en prenant bien soin de remercier l'agent de bord aux grands yeux qui m'a gentiement change de place durant le trajet Montreal/Istanbul. C'est mon escale ca Istanbul. Il est 16h00 a l'atterrissage ici alors qu'a Montreal, il est presque l'heure de dejeuner. Sans surprise, je n'ai pas tres bien dormi. Mais je suis probablement plus repose que si l'agent de bord aux grands yeux m'avait laisse a mon banc initial. Vous voyez, j'avoisinais une jeune pleurnicharde qui s'etait probablement gavee de sucreries avant le depart de YUL. Quelques coups de coude et grimaces furent suffisant pour me convaincre de faire la grande demande aux grands yeux de la Turkish Airlines. C'est ainsi que je me suis retrouve colle au hublot, jambes allongees et pantoufles aux ... read more
Icones orthodoxes
Championne de voleyball
Confort de Turquish Airlines

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia December 12th 2013

Woolly says – Fully charged and a lovely breakfast of boiled eggs consumed we headed out into the freezing temperatures to find Ollie. With only a few minutes to the ferry poor Ollie didn’t even have a chance to warm up before we were leaving Cannakale and crossing the Dardanelle Straights to the Anzac region of Turkey that we were going to pass for the second time without visiting. We will get there in the future. Woolly is correct (for once) in that we do plan to cover this region more fully in the future but with freezing temperatures and with time against us we could only wave as we passed. The last time we were on the ferry to Eceabat we were basking in the hot sun with shorts and t shirts the order of ... read more
Hmmm will this be enough!
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
Driving through Bulgaria

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia August 18th 2013

Hello my fellow travellers! After a sleepless and chaotic night in Edirne I arrived in Sofia at 6 am. I must admit that I didn't feel quite okay in this city at this hour, it stank of urine pretty much everywhere and I'd heard some real horror stories about the area around the Central Bus Station. It's apparently in a quite bad neighbourhood. Thankfully the bus driver I travelled with was kind enough to exchange my last TRY for BGN and fortunately I met a nice Bulgarian traveller who helped me get in touch with my host Georg so that he could come and meet me. Georg is a sweet guy that lives with his wife and son not far from the Central Bus Station. After I met up with him I went in and took ... read more
Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery
Hitching a Ride!

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia August 15th 2013

Sofia was neat, a small city for a capital city but still pretty cool. There is graffitti everywhere, even in the nicer areas. Not a whole lot of historical sights though, we managed to find the largest Sephardi Jewish Synagogue and a few old government buildings. There is this giant hot spring under the city and the water flows up through fountains throughout the city; there is one popular spot that ppl will bring their water bottles and jugs to fill up for drinking water. You can drink the tap water, but this spring water is really good! Its very warm, but sweet too. We filled up our water bottleswith it and then grabbed ice cream. We spent sofia with 2 guys from Holland and an Austrian, Karel, Faije, and Nikolai. Wedecided to get our own ... read more
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