Passport & customs control banged loudly on the door to our train cabin and entered before I had even had a chance to open the door, in my slumber I wondered why they always had to act as though you were a criminal.
I had the same name as my destination, which was the only reason I had always wanted to go there as a child.
The city of Sofia turned out to be pretty quirky, the main attractions wasn’t what caught my interest but the small things you notice if you keep your eyes open.
Here are a few of them…
The Halloween Fashion
One thing we noticed was the same odd hairstyle that all the girls had, which had obviously become a huge hit in the city.
Old or young, hot or not, they all insisted on dying grey strikes into their beautiful hair. It was a really odd thing to see everyone, including window mannekens, having this kind of ”Halloween” hairstyle.
Literally two out of three girls on the streets would have this hairdo – there must be some famous celebrity there who started it all…
The Kiosk Situation
Seeing men in suits and women in skirts squatting down on the pedestrian street was a common sight here. Those who felt too awkward squatting would only bend over with their butt in the air when paying the shopkeeper.
Sometimes the kiosk windows were higher – either by your knees or above your head, but one thing was for sure – it was never where it ”should” be.
The thing I perhaps loved the most about Sofia was the ease of finding healthy food.
We found some of the best health restaurants in Europe so far (one even grinding their own flour and another one growing all their ingredients on the Vitosha mountain top nearby).
But the one thing that caught my eye were these tiny, wooden, super-cute nut kiosks scattered around town – they sold no candy or sweets ONLY nuts and dried fruit.
The old ladies in the huts put your choices of nuts into several small plastic bags and then you paid by weight – it was ridiculously cheap!
Kids, adults and old ladies and men all cued up to these little huts, preferring this snack over chocolate bars and chips.
The Michael Jackson Moonwalking Traffic Light
Sofia isn’t the only place we’ve been in Europe where the “green man” on the pedestrian crossing lamp looks strange.
In Berlin the red men look exactly like the spacetoys in Toy Story, the green one looks like Charlie Chaplin, in France even the Red light men were very well animated with their hands resting on their hips like a cartoon, and in Sofia we saw one green man moonwalking..!
What are some fun or quirky details you’ve found when traveling to other countries in Europe?