Sofia Local Customs

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  • 1. shaking head vs nodding

    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...

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  • 2. etiquette

    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...

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  • 3. hollidays

    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...

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  • 4. drinks

    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...

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  • 5. parking

    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...

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  • 6. strikes

    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...

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  • 7. friendship

    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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  • 8. Kukeri

    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...

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  • 9. bg dinner

    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,...

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  • 10. Traditional bulgarian dance

    Summer time is plenty of outdoor activities, local's know how to entertain their tourists without getting bored...wandering around the city is always fun, every...

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  • 11. Hot holy water

    No, idea what is this meant. By coincidence we pass through this sacred place. At first we seen people drink this water from the tap...And suddenly there was a...

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  • 12. Icons

    As you journey through the country you will encounter many Bulgarian icons...The icons play an important role in the religious life of the Bulgarian people....

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  • 13. traditional dance after dinner

    We have no idea what was gonna happen after dinner. We were setting inside the restaurant and still eating our dinner while those others are done with their...

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  • 14. The New Tourist Information Centre

    Following the completion, in 2009, of the Metro station St Kliment Ohridski Sofia now has an all-singing, all-dancing, multi-media Tourist Information Centre...

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  • 15. Bulgarian Language

    The Bulgarian language belongs to the Slavic linguistic group and is written in the Cyrillic alphabet. So if you can't read Cyrillic letters it will probably be...

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  • 16. Popa

    The statue of Popa is a very popular meeting point of the people in Sofia. So it comes at no surprise that it was also our meeting point for the VT meeting.Popa...

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  • 17. Filling Up Your Water Bottle

    Aside from its strategic location in the valley between the Balkans and the Plana-Zavala Mountains probably the main reason why the city of Sofia became a city...

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  • 18. Waitress habits.

    Waitress usually keep the change rounding at the higer integer leva. This is a bit unplesant use that occur to me three times in two days, so that I assumed it...

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  • 19. Meeting place: 'Popa'

    There is a common place where the local people arrange to meet each other. It is called informally 'Popa' named after the monument there.Location: the crossroad...

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  • 20. Martenica

    This is one of the Bulgarian customs: in March we give Marteniza to our friends and to the family members to wish them health and happiness.Once you receive a...

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  • 21. The Day of the Lie (April Fool's Day)

    1 April is BIG! We call it the Day of the Lie, even tough officially it's the Internation Day of Humour and Satire. We do mean the business - you have to fool...

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  • 22. Superstition

    Many people come to the Russian Church to pray to Bulgarian Bishop Serafim (1881-1950), buried in the crypt and regarded by many as a saint. People write...

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  • 23. Having a Coffee

    Let's "Have a Coffee" is a saying for "let's see each other". I always make fun out of it as I rarely drink coffee and these coffee meetings could take a whole...

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  • 24. Sofia and horses

    Some gipsy families still own a carriage pulled by a horse instead of using a car. used mainly for construction works or collecting second hand things around...

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  • 25. Game and internet club "The Matrix"

    Internet and game clubs are a very common thing in Bulgaria. As not everybody can afford to buy a computer , it's where the kids come to play games after...

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