Was Sofia, Bulgaria one of the first places that came to mind when I was thinking of a holidays? Honestly, no. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Located between Europe and Asia, the city is a little gem filled with history and culture.
So why did I visit? I went to visit one of my close friends from my MSc at Warwick who has recently moved there for work. She works for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She gets involved with a lot of projects that seek to strengthen developing economies, making them competitive, resilient and further integrated into the global market. Pretty cool right!! The catch up was long overdue and came at the perfect time.
I’m going to keep this post rather short as it was more about visiting my friend than anything else. The main thing a lot of people asked me was how was it being in Eastern Europe as a black person? Honest to god, I had no problems, No one stared and no one bothered me at all.
The weather was rather wet and cold so if you’re going any time soon, I would say dress warmly and bring an umbrella!! The local currency is Bulgarian Lev but they also use Euros. They take all major credit and debit cards everywhere, including Taxis.
Tourist attractions/Sightseeing: Vitosha Boulevard (The main shopping street, loads of restaurants and bars). St Alander Nevsky Cathedral, “Ivan Vazov” Natiional Theatre, Borisova Gradina, Pancharevo and Vitosha Mountain, Krushuna Waterfalls and Plovdiv (The new 2019 European Capital of Culture). I highly recommend Sofia City Tours, great service!
Food: Raffy Sweet & Drink, Gelateria Confetti, Dayana lil, Divaka, Raketa Rakia Bar and Shitaslivetsa. Side note: The food was amazing
If you ever decide to go, I hope you have as much fun as I did!