Like you probably know, I was away on a travel from 27th October–2nd November with my parents. (I am very sorry I’m so late with this article, I just haven’t found enough time to publish it.) Anyway, if you were wondering where have I been, the answer is Serbia and Bulgaria. I’m pretty sure you know were those two countries are, but just to give you an idea if you maybe don’t, look at the map below.
I was on my vacation there for six days, and I had a really good time. But before I’ll share all the details with you, I have to tell you that the Balkan isn’t dangerous like some people may think. The war has ended more than a decade ago, and I can assure you that if you’ll visit that part of the world someday, you won’t be in any danger.
In Bulgaria, my family and I visited the capital city, which is Sofia. Sofia has 1.2 million people, and is one of the oldest cities in Europe, already inhabited in 7th century bc. We stayed in a nice hotel, located in one of the main boulevards. Everyday after we ate our breakfast we went in the city. Bulgaria doesn’t have Euros, and we had to change our money into their local currency — Bulgarian lev (“lev” means “lion” in English). There is also something interesting I have to tell you. We had some trouble with communicating with locals, but not (only) because of the verbal language, but mainly because of the body language. Bulgarians nod for “no” and shake their head for “yes”. When I first saw that I found it funny, because I am not used to see people saying “no” when nodding. The prices in Bulgaria are lower than in my country, due to lower salaries. I could see some homeless people wandering the streets, and I’m not used to that. I even gave an elderly woman an Euro, because I really felt sorry for her. (You will see the photos of the landmarks and places we visited at the end of this article.)
In Serbia, we stayed at the house of my father’s friend who lives in a small town near the border of Serbia and Bulgaria. I am glad we weren’t in a hotel, because I was able to see the lifestyle of the locals. People are very friendly and very welcoming. In Dimitrovgrad (pronounced dee-mee-trow-grad; the town we were staying in) all the people know each other and all say “Hello,” when encountering in the streets. We also visited nearby attractions (that will be seen in the photos below).
This “series” of The Witch Is Back articles will have two more “volumes” (maybe three). I hope to get your feedback, and also some questions if you may have them. Below, there are some of the photos I took during my travel. Enjoy. 🙂