You may not know much about Sofia, so in these few lines we will try to give you a realistic (and hopefully intriguing) picture.
- Since National Palace of Culture (it is a rather bizarre building) is in the centre, let’s take a look at this area. One of the first things that you will notice is that with almost every step you make, you will see different kind of architecture. Communism left our lives not long ago, so there are a lot of buildings that say it quite clear. Moreover, you will see beautiful old architecture, which will remind you of some of the best European capitals. Of course, there is more! We also have those modern glass and concrete buildings that sometimes you wish they weren’t there, but hey – they have their stories, too.
- Despite some rumors that Bulgarians are rude and unhappy, we are actually very friendly and kind!:) If you are wandering around and get lost or you just need to ask something – don’t be shy! A huge percentage of the people here know English, so it won’t be a problem for them to give you a hand.
- Nightlife here is pretty wild, so our parties are always a blast!
- As in England they drive on the left hand side, here we have another tricky moment. If you want to say “YES” with gestures of your head – you should shake your head, move it left and right. Therefore, if you want to say “NO” – nod, up and down.
- The monetary unit in the Republic of Bulgaria is the lev (BGN), which is equal to 100 stotinki (st.). Since 1997, the country has been governed by a currency board and the value of the leva has been pegged to the Euro, at a fixed rate of 1 EUR – 1.95583 BGN. So when you see some prices in the shops or restaurants – just divide it in 2 and you get the EUR price
- You cannot buy in EUR. All the shops and restaurants are selling in leva – so you need to change some money when you come. Change bureaus at the airport are not that much reliable, so it will be better for you to use another one.