With a population around 1.4 million, Sofia is both the capital and largest city in Bulgaria. Having thrown off the shackles of Communism, it has woken up and is now a young, dynamic, fast-moving Eastern European metropolis, with a unique blend of East-meets-West-meets-ex-Soviet architecture, as well as many beautiful orthodox churches. Often unfairly overlooked in favor of destinations like Budapest or Prague, Sofia is truly something special and worth a visit. After all, how many other world capitals can lay claim to having a developed ski resort—Vitosha Mountain—within sight of their downtown?
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More