Getting to know Sofia

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I wouldn’t have minded staying in London for September, but now I don’t have access to my house it works out too expensive. So it left me needing somewhere to go for a month or so whilst I monitored accommodation prices in Orgiva. Somewhere cheap, ideally.

The problem was, where?

I googled where is cheap in Europe. There were no surprises in the answer and the usual suspects came up: Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, Estonia etc, etc.

I selected Bulgaria.

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Firstly, I’ve been hearing some good things about Bulgaria. Secondly, it’s a big transport hub, so if I didn’t like it I could easily travel on to somewhere else.

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Sofia is a popular destination for digital nomads and also for digital start-up companies. It has fast internet speeds, plus if you are looking for employees it has a well educated young population and low wages.

As well as young entrepreneurs Bulgaria also attracts a small ex-pat population of retirees, encouraged by cheap property prices (you can still find properties here for 15-20,000 euros), although the retirees tend to settle in other parts of the country rather than Sofia.

I thought the good internet speeds would give me chance to work on a few ideas that have been running through my head, whilst the low prices would enable me to live within my means for the month.  So here I am.

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Anyway, Sofia then.   I rented an attic on Airbnb (yes I am now literally the mad woman in the attic).

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My attic in Sofia

From here I can walk into the city centre in ten to fifteen minutes.

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The Mosque, on the site of an old bath house

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Although Sofia is a spa town this hasn’t yet been exploited the way it has, for example, in Budapest.

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Vitosha Bulevard, chock-a-block with cafes shops and restaurants.  In the background you can see Vitosha mountains, just a bus ride away.  I haven’t been there yet but supposed to be excellent for hiking in summer and skiing in winter.

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The cathedral.  There are also many churches, a Mosque and a synagogue in the city.  Someone was telling me that back in Sofia’s communist days, when church-going was discouraged, they used to show lots of American movies over religious holidays, in the hope that would make people stay in and watch TV instead.  

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central market

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Just one of the two huge aisles crammed full of home hair-dye products; it’s as if having a badly done home hair colour is compulsory here.  I should fit in well.

 

 

4 replies »

  1. Hello Sarah, Wow what a lovely room that is, I am envious. I hope you have settled a bit and getting some rest and good wi fi. Sofia looks a beautiful place and I particularly liked the look of the market. As you know, I do like a good market. I wonder why there is so much hair dye there? You do realise that I need to know the answer to this. Love and hugs xx

    • Yes I’ve never seen the market busy. Maybe at weekends? We shall see.
      All the time I was craving Superdrug, Sofia is full of Superdrug-esque pharmacies. This place was huge; I doubt even Superdrug would stock that many hair dyes.
      And yes plenty of afternoon naps and fast wifi. It doesn’t take much to make me happy.
      xx

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