VIDEO: Our last day traveling in Sofia, Bulgaria

On our last day of exploring Sofia, Bulgaria we witnessed a talented performance by Bulgarian breakdancers, visited Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, ate giant slabs of pizza and randomly wandered around before finally arriving at the train station for a trip back to Istanbul, Turkey.

In many ways it was shocking that our time in Sofia, Bulgaria had expired.

It felt as though we had just arrived via train from Istanbul, Turkey. In a few short days we had already witnessed many street performances, ate chushki burek and drank rakia.

The quirky charms of Sofia had begun to win us over; yet, it was our last day in the city.

With just a few hours to kill before we had to head back to the train station, we decided to explore the city more on foot visiting lesser frequented back-alleys and a few main attractions we missed out on during previous strolls.

As soon as we stepped out of our door we noticed a large crowd circling around what appeared to be some kind of street performance.

As I inched my closer to the front, I noticed a group of Bulgarian men breakdancing, also known as b-boying, in unison.

Breakdancing is hugely popular in South Korea. On many occasions I had witnessed performances in popular shopping districts in Seoul, South Korea.

I had no idea it was popular in Bulgaria: just another one of Sofia’s many surprises.

With little time to spare we headed straight for Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of the main landmarks in the city.

This imposing ornate building is a Bulgarian Orthodox Cathedral built in Neo-Byzantine style.

When we set foot inside it was surprisingly empty.

Having checked this Cathedral off of our list of places to visit, the rest of our time was spent randomly wandering around back-alleys and lesser known streets nearby the downtown area.

The bright colors of the building and the high volume of graffiti and street art reminded me a lot of specific barrios in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Sofia, a very pedestrian friendly city, has a bit of a rough edge to it which I like.

After devouring a giant slab of pizza we realized we were short on time and headed to the train station.

As we waited to board our train we marveled at the Soviet-style station, which featured several massive jagged monuments.

Minutes before our train arrived, we tried feeding a dog some crispy pretzels. After it refused, a chubby well fed pigeon came and nibbled on it.

A rather fitting way to end what was a quirky time spent in Bulgaria, a country I’m itching to visit again soon in the future.

Our last day traveling in Sofia, Bulgaria travel video

9 Comments

  • Sofia looks like it was a lot of fun! I can see why you’re ready to go back! Thanks for sharing part of your trip!

  • That pigeon sure had his 5 minutes of stardom, haha
    I love Eastern Europe and hopefully will visit Bulgaria. I love those destinations very few people are interested in.
    Was it easy to get around speaking English only?

  • Laura says:

    It’s obvious from your post why you want to return to Bulgaria. it is indeed a wonderful country.

  • Mike says:

    You had me at pizza, Samuel! What kind of dog refuses food? Isn’t that amazing to be in another far off land (Bulgaria) and find a trend that is popular in a place you had to been to thousands of miles away and culture of such different trends. My next door neighbors here in the U.S. are directly from Bulgaria and our common bond is my Golden Retriever, Phoenix. There is a huge language barrier and I have to constantly use my iPhone translator. Oh, and last year they gave me a refrigerator magnet from Sofia as a gift. Wish I could have included a pic of that here. Great post! 🙂

    • Thanks Mike!

      Pets are a great way to bridge a language/culture barrier. Just today I was petting and interacting with a dog being walked by its Thai owner. We couldn’t speak to one another but we both had an understanding we loved animals.

  • Maria says:

    I think I’ve found more interesting things, often stuff many locals don’t know of, when strolling aimlessly. Wandering around back-alleys and lesser known streets is a lot of fun.

    • I agree with you Maria! I used to visit cities in the past thinking I had to check off a list of top things to do. Now I’m more content intentionally skipping touristy attractions and instead just having my own random adventure 🙂

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