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Sep 8, 2008 - Sofia, Bulgaria

September 8 Sofia Today, we travelled by bus to Bulgaria's capital (Sofia), a 3-1/2 hour bus ride which was actually quite comfortable. Since we had assigned seats, we had the pleasure of kicking people out of our seats instead of the other way around. It was a short taxi ride to our hotel, but the driver didn't know exactly where the hotel was and simply dropped us off about two blocks away and simply pointed in the direction that we needed to go to. The taxi drivers are extemely rude and they really have no desire to help with our...

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Jul 31, 2008 - So the maths is over, now for the serious business...

As usual, the marks for the first paper were up on the morning of the second; I'd managed a stunning 3/120, although at least I wasn't last as there were twelve people who scored zero. I still fail to understand the mark scheme they use here - they gave me 2 for a trivial observation on question 1 which really didn't constitute any progress at all towards an answer, but only 1 for my effort on question 4 which got most of it but just missed the last few cases. Such is life, or at least life in maths competitions. The second didn't go much...

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May 7, 2008 - Hotel Lion - Sofıa

Belgrade is the first place on our itinerary that I haven't been to. It is a bit intimidating so we decided to book a 3 hour tour of the city. We visited Tito's grave, the old and new St Sava's churches, and the gardens of the citadel with a local guide. She provided a lot of insight into Serbian people and places that are important to them (like Kossovo). In the evening we all went to the Three Hats restaurant in the old town. I had a huge "mixed meat" plate and a Serbian beer. Between the volume of the group and the traditional music I...

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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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