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Bulgaria: Amy Good or a great big Pile of Old Man's Pants?

Bulgaria: Amy Good or a great big Pile of Old Man's Pants?

Nov 19th, 2009, 07:34 AM
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Nov 19th, 2009, 11:20 AM
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Oh dear CW, are you wimping out?

I'm guessing you are thinking about next summer, or are you planning on a ski or snowboard jaunt?

I've been to Bulgaria several times - though always for the skiing, but I have several friends who have also been to the beach resorts.

Cheap booze, scantily clad women, what more could you want LOL? Food is what you want to eat - Steak and Chips, Burger and Chips, Fish and Chips, choose from Italian, Chinese, Indian, Mexican restos, and the traditional Bulgarian food, which is good grilled meats, shopska salad, a sort of potato/veggie stew, usually with a poached egg on top. Did I mention cheap booze? The bulgarian beer is very good and cheap. The spirits are very strong and cheap. Happy Hour is good, lots of cheap cocktails. And so on... If you are partaking in the wintersports then the brandy hot chocolate is wonderful.

Here are a couple of websites with forums or discussion boards where you will get a bit more help than here...

www.beachbulgaria.com click on discussion board link to ask questions (and cause trouble!)

www.skidvd.co.uk (yes, I know it's primarily a wintersports website, particularly at this time of year, but most of the posters there are really nice people who also holiday on the Black Sea coast in the summer. There's a lovely couple who run a bar in Borovets in the winter months and a bar on the coast in the summer. (He's about your age and an Old Malvernian, also a brilliant cook who rants about the Bulgies putting up the prices for the tourists, and annoys them by keeping his prices low! He's most entertaining.)

Want to know more, well the plumbing is good, the hospitals in the remote mountain regions are quite primitive but they get you well plastered, and there is a fantastic painkiller powder available over the counter for a couple of lev. I'm fast running out of my supplies so if you go, please can you get me some?
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Nov 19th, 2009, 11:37 AM
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Before you go check out this woman's story "Taking The Cure in Bulgaria" at http://theculturalexplorer.com/Tales.htm. Her African stories will chill your blood.
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Nov 19th, 2009, 11:42 AM
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If you are thinking of the Balkans, they are east.

OOPS! The Balkans are west of Bulgaria.
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Nov 19th, 2009, 11:54 AM
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CW - I ended up giving it a pass as well.
I was dead keen to go this October but found it very difficult to find enough (i.e. more than one) interesting things to do in Sofia, and thats saying a lot for me. Dust's been know to gimme a rise. (not really).
I just found that there wasn't enough happening there, and not much English spoken, or in the signage, which can be a slight problem. For all the languages I speak, I'm useless when it comes to the cyrillic alphabet.
Having said that, I was personally referred to a tourist agency in Sofia who dealt with English speakers, and who could set me up with a range of activities; I can dig it up for you if you're still keen on going. Just ask.
I did find some very good and reasonably priced apartments within the city and I think apartments are the way to go here. Food seems inexpensive too, and there seem to be lots of nightclubs. The hotels looked ugly on the outside, over-priced and not conveniently located for the city explorer. I was told that cabs are expensive.

Since it was October, a Baltic seaside sojourn or ski trip wasn't in the cards for me.

I know that I will go to Sofia as I really want to (the name also reminds me of an ex), and I probably will some time soon. Just when I have more time and money to spend there figuring it all out. (Also like with the ex).

I went to Prague and Karlovy Vary instead, and had a good and great time respectively.

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Nov 19th, 2009, 12:02 PM
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Forgot to mention, the apartments I looked at included breakfast from a nearby bakery and/or cafe delivered to your door every morning.
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