Hot holy water
No, idea what is this meant. By coincidence we pass through this sacred place. I've seen people drink this water from the tap. While I look around I see a sign (holy water). Out of curiousity Didier put his hand under tap, and he said is hot water. It was very hot weather that day while some people drink this water. Now, I understand if a holy water it doesn't matter you drink this hot or cold, it cleaned your soulAdd to your Trip Planner
Traditional dance after dinner
We have no idea what was going during our dinner. This was inside the restaurant while some people are standing and start to dance. I don't know if this the tradition here dancing after dinner. In that case it weren't too bad, is fun seeing them dancing.Add to your Trip Planner
Traditional Bulgarian Dance
If you happen visiting Sofia in summer months, you'll noticed all outdoor activities will held. Wandering around there were always something to discover. Local knows how to entertain their visitors. Fun to wander around. This traditional show we've seen them to a busy street, where visitors are constantly passing throughAdd to your Trip Planner
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. They are beautiful portraits of Christ or the saints, The icons are sacred objects and are actively used during religious celebrations. If they are not in use, you can admire in the churches and chapels, where they are often placed on beautiful displays of carvingsAdd to your Trip Planner
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 located in the Metro station's underpass.
This offers a comprehensive range of services including freebie maps and leaflets, accommodation assistance, tickets to local events, public transport information and much more. As well as the helpful staff there are also interactive multi-media touch screens for finding your own way around.
The St Kliment Ohridski Metro station is located at the intersection of Blvds Vasil Levski and Tsar Osvoboditel, between the National Square and the main transport intersection of the Eagle Bridge.Add to your Trip Planner
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 a bit difficult to navigate through the city.
Almost all street signs as well as information about transport at bus stops or at the train station are in Bulgarian only.
As good news, the restaurants we visited had an English menu available. Nevertheless, I think it is definitely helpful if you can read Cyrillic letters when travelling through Bulgaria.Related to:
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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 means priest. And the priest is Patriarch Euthymius, a church leader that was captured in 1393 by the Ottoman Turks.
You will find Popa at the corner of ul. Graf Ignatiev and bul. Patriarh Evtimiy.Add to your Trip Planner
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 in the first place is the abundance of natural potable spring water. This made the area especially attractive to the Romans who, as we all know, were particularly fond of their baths and hence was the ideal location for them to build their substantial garrison town thus providing the initial foundations and infrastructure for what became, over the centuries following the Roman retreat, the city as it now stands.
The mineral springs still have their role in the day-to-day life of the local populus and there are now several outlets around the city where the waters are freely available which the locals and visitors take full advantage of.
The pic here is from the outlet in the city centre which is constantly busy with people variously just popping by to have a sip and a splash, filling their 20 litre water bottles and everything in between.Related to:
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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 is a local custom.
To all the Bulgarian friends reading: suggest your co-citizens to stop this! I reckon that such handsome waitress would get even higher tips, allowing people to decide by themselves.
For VT'ers do not get pissed off if waitress wouldn't give your change, it is typical in Sofia.Add to your Trip Planner
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 of the streets Graf Ignatiev, Partriarh Evtimij and Vassil LevskiRelated to:
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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 Marteniza you should wear it until you see a stork or until the spring comes. Since there are not many storks in the cities you may see Martenza on the trees.Related to:
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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 at least one person. It's very common, so be on guard and don't get offended at pranks.Related to:
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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 messages and wishes for miracles on the sheets of paper and drop them in a box near the Bishop's white marble sarcophagus.Add to your Trip Planner
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 afternoon....We,Bulgarians are not used to be rushed ..u see....we like to take it easy on life and are very good in wasting time....Related to:
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 the center , especially in sunday when the traffic is low. Not an uncommon sight.Related to:
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