All posts filed under: Europe

What to Do with 200 Bulgarian Lev

In an attempt to make my flight costs for this trip cheaper I opted to fly back to Turkey via Sofia, Bulgaria instead of straight from Budapest. I was a little nervous, everyone said: “Bulgaria is super poor,” “Watch out for the wild dogs on the street, they will attack you,” and “the cab drivers will rob you blind.” What resulted instead was the discovery of an incredibly rich and unexpected history as well as the meeting two of my new favorite people in the entire world. I arrived in Sofia late at night and in lieu of speaking zero Bulgarian and being in possession of zero Bulgarian Lev, I was nervous about getting to where I was trying to go. I struck up a conversation with two guys on the plane who turned out to be Polish. They ended up paying for my transportation to the city center, taking care of getting me a cab to Maya’s house, and being some of the best people I’ve ever met. We decided to meet up the …

Meeting Buda in Budapest

I feel as though there is a common theme between my posts. Something along the lines of: “I went to a city and did nothing that you were supposed to do in that city!” Let me clarify that I am not championing wasting time. Actually, I have a bit of a type-A personality when it comes to maximizing time in a city. Being with my friend Dani really forced me to slow down, firstly because she is more into chill time, and also because she had been traveling for far more days prior to my arrival. I commend her for keeping up with me because traveling consecutively is absolutely draining. Indeed, I didn’t do anything one is supposed to do in Budapest. In fact, I never even stepped foot on the Buda side of the River Danube.  Instead, I explored the Communist past (something that fascinates me) in the less glamorous area where I met 2 Brits and a Kiwi. We did accomplish one “must see” which was the natural hot springs bath. That night …

How to go to Rome and Not See A Single Tourist Attraction

I’ve been to Rome once before and embarked on a whirlwind tour of all of its finest historical and cultural accolades. Though it was amazing, it left me feeling like there was something left to be desired. So on my 5 day trip to Rome, Budapest, and Sofia, this trip was all about feeling out the cities. I didn’t see the tourist attractions or a single museum. Instead, I met the best people and saw the most interesting things. I suppose I will do these in installment by city. Rome was a short but sweet stop. I arrived in the evening and met a nice girl from Florida who was teaching English in Madrid and an Australian girl that was living in Dusseldorf. They invited me on a bar crawl but in the spirit of avoiding the normal options of entertainment, I went to meet Dani and Nick for a late dinner at Clemente Alla Maddalena. The night was a crazy one, all too reminiscent of my nights living in Milano and distinctly different from …