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Bulgaria thread
« on: February 11, 2020, 10:57:00 PM »
Hey! I was going to do a pun for this thread title but after wracking my brains and landing only on "Great Fun-cool Bulgaria" or "Sofia Copphola-day" I decided a better option was to declare myself a stupid idiot bellend.

Anyway i am going off to Sofia, the big capital bit of Bulgaria in about a month, and yes this is a generic 'what do I do' travel thing if anyone has any of that sort of stuff on hand. Basic facts are as follows: I am there with my girlfriend, I am there for three nights, I do not have very much money and l like hills/buildings/museums/booze/food/fucking about on public transport/fun things. I'd also like to do a day trip somewhere else on one of the days, maybe Plovdiv or somewhere but I'm not sure. So if anyone knows anything about Bulgaria or Sofia then drop your thought-logs in my thread-bog. Cheers.

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Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2020, 10:58:48 PM »
Do some light boning up on its history - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0275942/

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Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2020, 10:59:12 PM »
Do some light boning

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Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2020, 11:00:39 PM »
You can never have too many light bonings.

Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2020, 11:00:46 PM »
Shag your girlfriend, eat some food, watch some Bulgarian telly.

Done.

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Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2020, 11:01:38 PM »
Meet the Womble.

Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2020, 12:07:57 AM »
Leslie Grantham moved to Bulgaria for some reason. He's dead now though.

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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2020, 06:47:18 AM »
Plovdiv looks like a good bet. Roman ruins, Ottoman quarter, student centre.

Sofia has an enormous cathedral, and public baths which are apparently worth trying, for the low of squeam.

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Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2020, 07:59:30 AM »
I work with a few Bulgarian people, and they are truly lovely. One of them comes from Varna, and sent us a photo last time she visited.

This isn't her photo, but it is Varna :



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Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2020, 01:29:41 PM »
I got punched by a man from Plovdiv. He was, and presumably still is, a very nice man though.

Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2020, 02:27:16 PM »
Go on one of the free daily tours of the city. The same people organise paid ones relating to Communist history etc. https://freesofiatour.com/

Also check out the Nazi graffti by the CSKA Sofia ground, but be careful as a scary looking racist man may come out of his hut and chase you away. Lots of football hooligan and Nazi memorabilia for sale there too if that's your thing.

And be careful of the cab drivers as some of them will rip you the fuck off.

Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2020, 02:54:13 PM »
Best city for a day trip is Veliko Turnovo - a bit less cultural and museum-y stuff than Plovdiv but really spectacular scenery instead.

Sofia's cool but not the best bit of Bulgaria for a short trip: - if you're just there for 3-4 days I'd probably trip out to Turnovo, Plovdiv, and the Rila Monastery for a day each, and then evenings in Sofia check out the area between Serdika metro stop (which is all roman ruins) and the Nevski cathedral (this stretch contains the national art museum, the parliament, and the archaeological museum), then once those are closed, wander round the better-lit areas of some of the public parks (the huge square outside NDK, the Borisova Gradina, the Liberation Park) where everyone sits out drinking with their friends.

Good places for evening are Stroeja (rock club), Hambala (a candlelit bar in an old barn), the Apartment (cakes, drink, board games in an actual apartment). If you want a more hedonistic version of the local nightlife, see if you can get into a Chalga (something like bulgarian 'turbofolk') club.

And yeah, the city tours are better than usual: really good guides.

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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2020, 03:23:49 PM »
Veliko Tarnovo's a long way away though so not sure if that's a realistic recommendation for a short trip. Looks like a very cool city in terms of layout and appearance.

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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2020, 03:34:17 PM »
Sunny Beach or GTF.

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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2020, 05:01:10 PM »
Sunny Beach or GTF.

Haven't been to GTF, any good

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« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2020, 06:39:32 PM »
Oh yeah I forgot to mention I don't drive so I will be entirely reliant on public transport. Hope it's not a pile of shit!

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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2020, 06:41:36 PM »
Oh yeah I forgot to mention I don't drive so I will be entirely reliant on public transport. Hope it's not a pile of shit!

Couple of hours to Plovdiv on the train. I bet the Sofia city transport is clunky but dirt cheap and remorseless in its reliability.

Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2020, 06:46:47 PM »
I love that there's a place in the world called Plovdiv.

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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2020, 08:11:59 PM »
I love that there's a place in the world called Plovdiv.

You’re the only plovdiv around here pal

Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2020, 08:14:45 PM »
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« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2020, 08:22:47 PM »
Sorry, got carried away by the Bulgaria chat. As you were.

Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #21 on: February 12, 2020, 08:32:38 PM »
Oh don't worry, I'm not arsed. You can call me a Plovdiv all night long, honey.

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« Reply #22 on: February 12, 2020, 08:35:40 PM »
I love that there's a place in the world called Plovdiv.

Unreasonably this city has previously apparently gone by Philippopolis and Trimontium, which are equally glorious names.

Just centrifuging the last bit of Trimontium dear, then we can hold the world to nuclear ransom

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Re: Bulgaria thread
« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2020, 09:54:54 PM »
I really enjoyed visiting the national archaeological museum in Sofia. It has some exquisite and interesting artifacts, a lot of which are solid gold, and the building itself is rather nice. The Banya Bashi mosque is beautiful as well.

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