Beautiful Bulgaria

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Welcome to Bulgaria!

Recently I wrote about how Montenegro was my favourite country but today I’m going to tell you about my second favourite — Bulgaria.

Bulgaria!? Isn’t that one of those really poor, backwards countries? No! Yes the trams can be updated and the wages are scarily low but the country is chock-full of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, low prices and a wide variety of activities.

The capital city, Sofia, is a likely starting point in this former communist country. The public transportation system is highly effective and only costs about $0.70 per ride and, although the hostel I stay at was so cheap that I was spending about $100 a week, food included!

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Google Maps had just arrived in Bulgaria and so there was display in the town centre
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The new metro line had to be reroute because of ancient ruins!
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Sofia has an amazing blend of new Soviet-style buildings and ancient structures

Just outside the city, you can visit Mount Vitosha — either to hike or ski, depending on the season. An hour south brings you to a small mountain range and the Seven Lakes Region. Other popular sites in Bulgaria include Veliko Turnovo — the medieval capital of Bulgaria and Varna — the sea coast capital on the Black Sea.

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This was my view from a patio one day while working
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Hiking in the Seven Lakes Region
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Tsarevets — built in the 12th century

Even though I spent a month in Bulgaria, I didn’t visit Varna (I thought that March would be a bit too cold to visit the sea!) but it is definitely on my list for next time!

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