more photos and some interesting things.

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

the past few days have been interesting. i have been exploring Sofia on foot and have found some great places and seen some really interesting things.

such as…

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this is a Chupa-Chups mural. they sponsor the school basketball nets too. i wonder if they sponsor the dentists?

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this cool sculpture is at the beginning of a pedestrianised shopping street. There are loads of really good pieces of sculpture in Sofia.

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this place has some amazing art nouveau iron work going to waste it would make an amazing jazz club!

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Random John Lennon casting on a wall.

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nice bit of graffiti.

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people in Sofia really make the most of the parks and open spaces in the city. there is a lot of sitting on benches in parks and lots of activities like this chess game. there are usually several games going on in the park. card games are popular too.

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there are also people plying their trades in the parks. this guy is offering lighter re-fills and watch strap and battery replacements.

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there are also people selling stuff they have grown. this woman was selling herbs and what looked like dried beans.

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there are some really good places to eat in Sofia, it’s also really really good value for money. the other night we went to Boom!

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Burgers…..

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and Steaks. Great place, good prices although probably more than the usual Bulgarian eatery. it felt like a place you might find in London. really well cooked food though.

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on another note (get it?) i have purchased an acoustic guitar, i thought being as I’m not working i should improve my fairly basic standard of playing. I got a pretty good price from one of the “antique” shops i have found. I paid 40 lev which is just under £20 and got this thrown in………..

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i think the guy was having trouble getting rid of it. (who wants a second hand harmonica) i gave it a good clean and a wash with boiling water and guess what….. it doesn’t work properly. However the guitar is really good. i didn’t even have to tune it when i picked it up. it had dropped a semitone but was still perfectly in tune. I have since put a new set of strings on which has improved it even more. it has a lovely tone. i will be sad to leave it here when we leave but i have already decided to give it to one of the many buskers who play in the parks and by the metro station entrances, it’s a shame there are not more buskers in London these days. a little music brightens up a walk or a commute. we saw a guy in the park playing a full set of electronic drums along to guns and roses today. he wasn’t very good but that’s not the point. he was having a great time and there were a few people watching.

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as i mentioned before there are a few “antique” shops dotted around. They have mainly bric-a-brac in them, much of it old Soviet and Nazi relics from WW1 & 2 also quite a few pocket watches and wrist watches. some other tin toys and Russian cameras as above. this FED 2 cost me 30 lev (£15ish) and its in really good working condition. although not worth much more than i paid for it, it’s such a well made camera it’s a pleasure to use and it’s good to brush up on actually using a totally manual camera.

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Finally, this is the Bulgarian aperitif of choice, Grappa. this is a particularly cheap bottle at 5.99 lev (£2.80) but it is actually pretty good.

Nazdrave (good health)

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