Bulgaria
Sofia

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  • Day6

    Die wahrscheinlich längste Etappe

    August 27 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Ende Tag 6. Mit 522 km bei besten Straßenverhältnissen 🙈 haben wir heute längste Tag gemeistert und einen schönen Campingplatz in der Nähe von Sofia gefunden.Und dann noch ein sächsischer Campingplatz. Ob der linken Seite Leute aus Hoyerswerda und rechts aus Dresden 🤔

  • Day6

    Auf dem Weg nach Sofia

    August 27 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Sind auf dem Weg nach Sofia und wollen dort heute mitten in der City übernachten... natürlich im Hotel, nicht im Auto.
    Morgen schauen wir uns die Stadt etwas genauer an und werden dafür aufs Erreichen des morgigen Etappenziels verzichten.
    Auf dem Weg nach Sofia haben wir uns heute etwas offroad vergnügt. Wobei die Strassen ehrlich gesagt in Bulgarien scheinbar alle etwas offroad sind ;-)Read more

  • Day7

    Half way mechanical update

    August 28 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We are just entered Macedonia and we are half Way through the rally.

    The Car is still doing great but start showing some personality and charm. The fuelmeter is broken and dance lige crazy. One tire is sliced after the mountain climb, The sunroof dosnt work any more. The left frontlight felt off, throgh the boarder and is repared with gaffatape. The front bumper is dameged after we went airborn throgh Sofia last Night. The automatic gearbox is getting cranky and Will only shift with 4500rpm and after each shift it coughing like a life long smoker. All the interior is basically put together with Gaffatape. And on the backseat we have a deadline cowboy as aleays.
    #DontWorry-WeGotThis!!!
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  • Day14

    Istanbul - Sofia

    June 17, 2018 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    After a good breakfast, I headed by tram to Istanbul’s Sirkeci Station where I reserved my berth for tonight’s overnight sleeper to Sofia, Bulgaria, the Istanbul - Sofia Express. It is a great pity that the train no longer leaves from Sirkeci Station, the original terminus of the Orient Express, as it has been closed indefinitely since 2013 for line work, and passengers have to take a bus (complimentary) to Halkali, an hours’s drive away. What would the Orient Express passengers think?

    I then took a ferry from the nearby terminal Eminönü across to Kadiköy on the Asian side. I was in Asia 20 minutes later. Another hot sunny day and everywhere was packed with visitors. Although most of the big attractions are on the European side, it was nice to visit here on one of the big, bustling ferries. I took advantage of a trip up the Bosphorus which was fantastic, passing beautiful homes, impressive bridges and fortresses. At only 15 Euros for a 2 hour trip it was great value.

    I returned by ferry back to Europe and took the Metro to Taksim Square, a popular tourist spot with trundling vintage trams, and packed with restaurants. At 20.30 I caught the free coach to Halkali through horrendous Istanbul traffic, arriving only 5 minutes before the train was due to depart at 21.40. I was sharing a very spacious and comfortable compartment with a former English teacher who was now living in Istanbul. I almost immediately fell asleep, only to be woken at 01.30 at the Turkish border station Kapicule. We all had to get off the train and stand in line waiting to have our passports checked. After an hour we set off, only to have the train stopped a few minutes later to have our details checked by Bulgarian Border Control folk - 3 times! Breakfast was served in the compartment by a surly, monosyllabic and unkempt attendant - a carton of warm juice of indeterminable origin and a packet of saltine crackers - no full English here.

    On arrival at Sofia, your first thought is that you wish you were somewhere else. Run down, graffiti covered and quiet, deserted streets - not what you would expect of a European capital city, and such a complete contrast to lively Istanbul. I made the 20 minute walk to my hotel - the Bon Bon - and the approach to it appeared anything but Bon. However inside it was small but clean and comfortable. I asked the receptionist if I could check in early, and although the place looked empty, she told me efficiently that check-in was 14.00. ‘It’s the rules’ she said without smiling, betraying a little of her communist era past.

    I was however permitted to leave my luggage and set off. I joined an excellent 2 hour walking tour of Sofia which was led by a professional but humorous young guide. He gave us a great insight into the history of the city including his memories as a child both before and after the fall of communism in 1989. He also taught us that nodding and shaking your head meant the opposite in Bulgaria. (This almost caused me problems later when a heavily made up woman near the Central Railway Station asked if I was looking for company).

    Although a land-locked country, Bulgaria has numerous hot springs, and our guide let us drink some water from one of these in the city centre. ‘Laydeez, drinking theez waters may increase your bosoms’ warned our guide. Well, they didn’t seem to have harmed my man boobs either.

    The tour finished at the magnificent St Alexander Nevski Cathedral, one of the largest Eastern Orthodox Cathedrals in the world. The sky darkened and developed into a mighty thunderstorm, bringing the first rain I had seen on my trip to date. I took the modern Metro to the small but interesting Museum of Totalitarian Art, with its fascinating collection of posters and statues from the communist era. At night I attended the Opera House to see a production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella). With shaky sets, falling props and dodgy wigs, it wasn’t exactly La Scala, but the singing was good and the 35 piece orchestra fairly belted it out. And I couldn’t complain at £15 for one of the best seats in the house.
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  • Day63

    I'm on a horse

    July 7, 2018 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    I hope you all remember the epic commercial from 'Old spice'? :D That's exactly how I felt today!
    Hint for those who can't: https://youtu.be/VX5au0LOJp8

    After climbing further 10km up the hill on that sunny morning, I met 'Butch', real name Ognyan, whos owning around 20 horses on his little farm. Some more of his horses are living wildly in the mountains. He has a unique attitude towards nature and knows the mountains like no other. He invited me for coffee, self made herbal tea with self made honey from special pine trees. It felt, as if theres was another time zone, a slower one. The horses are well trained and strong and the film 'Vikings' and many others have been produced with his horses.

    I decided to try a tour on a horseback. Was a bit unsure if it might be counterproductive for my back but it turned out to be supportive.

    So, we rode a tour trough the forest and steep ski slopes. Fantastic experience and sceneries and I can only agree with with the other peoples feedback to it. If you're ever here try: http://www.horse-riding-bg.com

    Also, we were really lucky with the weather as it startet to rain as we returned. I just made it to my apartment when weather turned into apocalyptic thunderstorm and electricity went down for a while.

    During afternoon, I prepared for hiking to the top tomorrow and hoping for good enough weather!
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  • Day8

    Entering Serbia

    August 13 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We are currently on the Balkan train going from Sofia to Belgrade and have just stopped at border control entering Serbia 🇷🇸

    The passport and customs officers have just taken our passports... I assume we’ll get them back before the train leaves! 😳😅

  • Day64

    Hunters rock

    July 8, 2018 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Made a small (2hours) hiking test tour to Hunters rock in a moment without rain...in the end, I needed to hike down in strong rain. Good, I did not try to reach the peak today. But tomorrow looks more promising!

    So, time to write a book today :)

    Btw: Vote here for summer or winter time!!

    https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/2018-summertime-arrangements
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Sofia, Oblast Sofia, مقاطعة صوفيا, Софийска област, Província de Sofia, Sofijská oblast, Provinco Sofio, Provincia de Sofía, Sofia piirkond, استان صوفیه, Sofian alue, סופיה, Sofijska oblast, Սոֆիայի մարզ, Distretto di Sofia, ソフィア州, სოფიის ოლქი, 소피아 주, Sofijos sritis, Софиска област, Софи аймаг, Sofia Chiu, Sòfia, Софияйы облæст, Obwód sofijski, صوبہ صوفیہ, Sófia, Regiunea Sofia, Софийская область, Sofia Province, Софијска област, Вилояти София, Sofya, Софійська область, صوفیہ صوبہ, 索菲亞州

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