Bulgaria: January 2018
Technically the arrival in MUC started day 2, but close enough... caught Sam a few minutes after I arrived at SOF, we cleared immigration, and it was time to start properly exploring.
Took the metro to the hotel, which was a nice way to get oriented. Dropped off bags and quickly realized that while it was warmer than expected- warm enough that there was no snow- it was still rather chilly. Jackets, scarves, and gloves were a must, especially when the wind hit.
Central Sofia proved to be a mix of Eastern Orthodox churches and blocky Soviet-era buildings. Not much in the way of anything newer, although signs for familiar fast food chains were never too far away. Several churches and mosques, particularly St. Nedelya Church, were quite beautiful inside, while the best known one, St. Alexandar Nevski, was unexpectedly in poor condition. Tsentralni (Central Market) was quite modest... which really best seems to describe the whole country.
Dinner at Made In Home was quite nice, very homey feeling, with a decent pork knuckle. And as we were to discover, a salty cheese in everything. Well not quite everything, but enough to be, shall we say, decidedly different? Wrapped things up with some nighttime photo shoots with Sam's fancy new camera, hoping that the nighttime would provide more interesting lighting than the flat, grey feel of the daytime.