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Have you been to Bulgaria???

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Hi guys,

I`m making a survey about foreigners visiting Bulgaria. I will appreciate your experience about culture difficulties you`ve had in this country. This may consider social customs/behaviour, greeting people and meeting in general, language difficulties, food and eating habits (and meal table etiquette), and business situations (dress, negotiating, making deals, etc.) or anything you want to share.
I`m sure these comments will be of help for people planning to visit Bulgaria.

Best regards,

Gabriella

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    Hello,

    I recently spent about two weeks in Sofia, Bulgaria. We found the people to be very kind, genuine, and helpful. English was not as well known as in Western Europe, but we did not run into any major communication problems. If necessary, we resorted to one word communication or writing/gesturing. The restaurants we went to were wonderful- the food was great- and the menus either had English or pictures of the food (we made sure the restaurants had menus that we could understand before we sat down). Sometimes, though, our food would come out at quite different times so we couldn't necessarily "eat" together, and we thought that was odd. People there nod their heads to indicate "no" and shake their heads for "yes", which is something we needed to get used to. Using our guide book to try and figure out the language on signs or menus was difficult because they use the Cyrillic alphabet. We did have one bad experience with a taxi driver who charged us $35 USD for a taxi ride that should have cost $7 USD. He said since he drove a Mercedes cab it cost more. After that we were very careful of which cab company we used. All the other taxi experiences were good. We did a lot of shopping there. Our most favorite souvineers were embroidered linens and traditional earthenware dishes. Exchanging money was easy since we had a place in our hotel that would exchange. We really enjoyed our time in Sofia.

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