It takes some time to get used to Sofia and it’s people but once you understand the history and its current situation it starts to grow on you…

When I arrived in Sofia I was welcomed by Annie at the airport and we took a cab to the Grand Hotel Sofia – which was a really nice place to stay in! The same evening Annie showed me a big part of the city of Sofia and – as Sofia is huge – I only got to bed way after 3 in the morning…. That was a memorable long ‘first day’…

The second day we decide to rent a car so that we could explore the area outside of Sofia. One day we went swimming somewhere in the mountains – that trip took us to a ski resort which even in summer had quite some people visiting it. Once you are in the mountains surrounding Sofia both the nature and the people change – nature is beautiful over there and the people in the country-side are really friendly and helpful. As the temperature was way above 30 degrees the swimming was great – still I got burnt to crisps… as usual!

On one evening Annie took me to the top of one of the mountains next to Sofia… that’s where I discovered that driving in Sofia is not quite the same as driving in Belgium… also the definition of ‘road’ seems to change dramatically once you leave the center of Sofia and go up the hill… must admit that Annie succeeded in scaring the sh*t out of me in some occasions. We had dinner somewhere on the mountain (which was also quite a special event but I will spare you the details) before arriving at the top of the hill. The view you had from there was just amazing – you could see all the lights of Sofia… while smelling the nice smoke of some … uh… controlled substances let’s say :-)

During the days that I was in Sofia and Annie had to go to work I discovered Sofia by foot and went on several photo shoot sessions (in more than 30 degrees that is quite a challenge!) – the results of them can be found HERE. I really enjoyed my stay in Sofia – in the first place because I could see Annie again after a long time but also because of the nature in and around Sofia and the people I met during my trip – especially Annie’s parents were really nice and I hope there will be an occasion where I can go and see them again.