Oblast Grad Sofiya Local Customs

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Oblast Grad Sofiya Local Customs

  • shaking head vs nodding

    Sofia Local Customs

    I bet there are already plenty of tips on this topic, but I find it so important that I have decided to start my Sofia page from it. In Bulgaria, like in Macedonia and Albania (I have read this), the head gestures to say "yes" and "no" are inverted in comparison with the rest of European countries. When Bulgarians shake their heads, they mean...

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  • etiquette

    Sofia Local Customs

    One sure way to recognise Bulgarians is by watching how they season their meals. We take the salt shaker, then we tap the bottom of it few times on the table (to shake it well) and then we season. The reason is that often in restaurants the salt is dampen by use or general humidity and it sticks together in the shaker. This is also why you can...

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  • hollidays

    Sofia Local Customs

    New Year's Eve is a great holiday here. In Sofia, every year there is a free open-air concert in the square in front of the National Gallery. Usually it starts at 10 pm on Dec. 31 and ends in the early hours of Jan 1st. There are some pop and rock bands, folk music and dance, etc. A few minutes before midnight, they broadcast the President's speach...

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  • drinks

    Sofia Local Customs

    Ayryan is a typical analcoholic drink made with yoghurt and water, to which you can add as much salt as you wish. I tried it at the O!Shipka restaurant. More information here. When I went to have lunch to O!Shipka with my future friend Kristian, he let me taste this drink and, although I found it a little disgusting in the beginning, I didn't...

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  • strikes

    Sofia Local Customs

    The demonstration that took place when I was in Sofia was by forest workers and wasn't at all violent, but it was large. The demonstrators started from in front of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and I saw them again congregated in front of the National Council. The march was festive in a way, but you would be advised to keep a good distance from...

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  • parking

    Sofia Local Customs

    Well, actually I saw the car a couple of times around my office and was thinking to take a picture of it but somebody put this idea into life before I did :))) So, I got the picture in my mail. That picture is taken on Slaveikov square where parking of cars is forbiden :))) Sometimes I wonder how stupid our policemen can get. The streets of Sofia...

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  • friendship

    Sofia Local Customs

    Pleace click on the picture to receive your little virtual gift from Sofia. I hope you enjoyed the page and if you have questions - I will be happy to help you :0)

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  • Kukeri

    Sofia Local Customs

    The Bulgarian traditional beliefs define the 2 weeks after Xmas as the time of various evile spirits -- vampires, 'talasumi' (ghosts), samodivi (evil women spirits), and other demons. This is the time between the birth of Jesus and his baptising. During this period the evil spirits leave the underworld to terrorise the peaceful folk. These days...

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  • bg dinner

    Sofia Local Customs

    we thought that the 'bulgarian dinner' would be another tourist trap, that they would give us some lousy food and we would have to pay extra for the music, or something like that. but, lucky for us, it wasn't. it tourned up to be one of the best things we expirienced in sofia! there was a bend playing on traditional instruments, a girl singing...

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