|At 0830 we set off by bus to Sofia. Mountains covered with forests and cultivated valleys until we reached Sofia at midday. By this time we had decided to head on to Skopje if we could and as it happened a bus was leaving in one hours time so off we went again. The border crossing was in the middle of the mountains and relatively quick once again. On arrival at the bus station we tried to change our liva with no luck so ended up in a taxi with two drivers (that should have made us suspicious!) who proceeded firstly to rip us off for our liva and secondly try to get us to stay at a dump for 70 euros. We stuck to our guns and eventually got to the hostel we had first chosen.
The towns we have visited seem to lack basic council run facilities such as a dog catcher (!) litter campaigns and uplifting of litter, tidying up of public areas and street verges, mowing parks - all the things we take for granted and that make a town look cared for.
On Sunday we found a medical centre as Brian is still suffering from Turkey tummy and got heaps of pills and potions which should do the trick. After visiting an ATM we had a look around the town - visiting an enormous Turkish bathhouse which has been turned into an art gallery, and a fortress on a hill overlooking the town (you would think we'd seen enough of both!). A river flows through the centre of town - not very appetising, brown and floating rubbish.
It has been a bit interesting finding out what breakfast mneans at the different places we stay - e.g. here it means a bread bun and cup of sage tea.
We booked a bus out....