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Aug 9, 2007 - Various bits of Bulgaria

The first day's results were up before we started the second: I scored 20 on the first question, which I'd been expecting; 17 on the second, on which I thought I'd got full marks; nothing for my desperate stab at question 6, which I couldn't be too surprised at; and nothing for any of the others, which was even less of a surprise as I hadn't handed anything in for them. I was second among the Warwick team: Ruth scored 44, Tomas 35, Ian 30 and Rupert 22. Question 2 on the second paper was also reasonably easy; there might have been a short...

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Roving Mike

Jun 13, 2007 - Sofia, Bulgaria.

I have always been facinated with this city ever since I read a book by Bill Bryson describing this at that time communist country. His descriptions seemed out of this world, as he told of how the people would get excited over rare shipments of ordinary appliances arriving into the capital and the chaos that followed with desperate citizens trying to buy these coveted items. I took a overnight train from Bucharest which lasted about ten hours. There was no air con in the train and with an hour long stop at Romainia's border and Sofia's, it...

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Scott's vacation

Apr 18, 2007 - Sofia, Bulgaria

Our trip to Sofia, Bulgaria began on 17 Apr 07 with my 10 hour plane ride! Our trip was only 3 full days, but we were able to see a lot of Sofia! We saw the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, pictured in the photo section, along with many other churches, parks, restaurants, and shops.

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Mar 20, 2007 - Property in Bulgaria

Hello, Are you interested in Bulgaria? We would like to present you with a Bulgarian property for sale in the Stara Zagora region. It is a traditional rural house situated just 15mins from Stara Zagora. The property with a beautiful wooden facade consists of 2 rooms, one of which can be turned into a kitchen/living area, an outside toilet and dependencies to be restored or removed. Built on 2510m2 of land, included in the price, the house can be extended to add living space and an inside toilet incorporated. There are a variety of fruit...

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Property in Bulgaria

Nov 13, 2006 - Sophia

My parents had a bad opinion of Bulgaria--probably because they were here when it was desolate and communist, far south in Europe, a necessity to cross over into Turkey on their epic VW Microbus Magical Mystery tour in the seventies. It was grey and no one spoke english--there was nothing in the shops, and they couldn't wait to get out. Every time I heard my parent's stories of Bulgaria I thought of Tom Waits' words in 'Tom Traubert's Blues': I'm an innocent victim of a blinded alley and I'm tired of all these soldiers here no one speaks...

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Sep 20, 2006 - Sofia the end of the road

It only took three hours to get to Sofia and surprisingly enough it was really easy to get to the hostel we had booked. We just got on the #11 tram and stayed on for five stops. The Red Star Hostel was right next to the stop. Life is never that easy, however. Inside, the hostel was not what I was expecting. It sounded really good from the Hostelworld website and had a thumbsup rating. We were far from impressed. The whole place was obviously just and old flat that had more beds put in it. Our room was just next to the reception/lounge room...

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Aug 12, 2006 - Sofia, Bulgaria

The further east I go the more interesting it gets! Bulgaria is truly an interesting place in the world. Serbia gave me my first real taste of true Eastern Europe and Bulgaria came right behind it to solidify. I actually quite enjoyed Sofia in contrast to Belgrade though. Sofia is a large town 1.1 million people. It, like all of the other Eastern European countries, were all in the communist bloc until the late 20th century. One notable difference between Slovenia/Croatia/Serbia and Bulgaria is the alphabet. They have something very similar...

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Aug 11, 2006 - Bulgarian Rhapsody

One thing I love about travel is how it blows away your preconceptions about other places. Bulgaria is a good example. When I thought of Bulgaria, I imagined Boris and Natasha from Rocky & Bullwinkle, drab greyness, giant "female" weightlifters, men with one eyebrow. As we entered the country on a night train my trepidations seemed justified - a hulking border guard offered to let Val, a friend from Ireland, have a cigarette "in the cells" when she was caught having a fag outside the carriage (mind you, Val thought he meant have a smoke on...

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Jul 18, 2006 - The Grecian Formula - with new Photos!!!

It's over now (sob). Out of Athens and into the final phase of the first section of the journey. No, it's not the tasty cheese treats waiting at every kiosk that I miss, not the cheerful smile of the waitress I consistently overtipped, not the mounds of succulent brown skin oozing forth from every halter top and shortened bottom (definitely don't miss the butt cleavage; girls please!). It's not even the hazy heat or those spooky hills, breathing history into the smoggy air. It's the people, dang it. And by this yes I mean the Athenians in...

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Jul 11, 2006 - Bulgaria

Sofia The Lonely Planet says that Sofia's best feature is having a "pet mountain". This did not seem to be a ringing endorsement. We had heard nothing else about the city to inspire us, and we had just come from the rather disappointing Skopje, so we arrived in Sofia with low expectations. Then the streets were so narrow we had to go backwards and forwards to get around corners. It was therefore a pleasant surprise that we loved Sofia and found it a place that we can easily imagine re-visiting (apparently the skiing in Bulgaria is good and...

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Alexes Abroad

Jun 5, 2006 - Shuffle in Sofia

New country on the list! Now I know why my friends here always recommend the bus. I tell them the train offers the chance to stand up, and goes through parts of countries not served by highways. I was thinking about this as the train from Nis dawdled along and I watched the buses pass it on the nearby highway...and how standing up in the hallway is a necessity when you are surrounded by five lager louts who have planted themselves on the train without a ticket and whose friendly, albeit drunken, demanour alters to consternation when they...

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May 31, 2006 - Sofia, Bulgaria

Climbed upto the central plateau (534m) on which Sofia sits, Europes highest capital. The sun is out but the city is hot and dusty with all the usual traffic madness we have come to expect in this part of the world. Do let anyone tell you Auckland has a traffic problem. We brought some photos in to the internet centre but there is no USB port so they will have to wait for another day. This afternoon we head to the South of Bulgaria and will make our way South-west to the Galipoli and from there through to Istanbul. Very much looking...

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