Advice for a weekend in Bulgaria

My brief trip to Bulgaria to witness Eurovision’s sibling Junior Eurovision has been a rather pleasant one.

Don’t expect to flag down a taxi yourself (always rely on whatever establishment you find yourself in to do that for you – it’s safer that way). Don’t expect to spend any more than £1.50 on any taxi journey (yes, really). Be sure to drink either a Bulgarian Malbec or local Bulgarian beer. Sofia is the place to come if you’re on a budget. Just don’t hang around outside the hotel after 11pm on a Friday night. When I did, a fresh-faced young man came up to me and asked me in broken English, “Are you looking for something special?” I replied, “No, not particularly.”

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