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Favorite thing: Here is what I have to say when it comes to using money in Sofia:
The most common way of payment is in CASH . The local currency is called lev (singular) / leva (plural). Probably some merchants could agree to accept foreign currency but I highly doubt about that. So, make sure you have some leva in your pocket :)))
Currently the lev is pegged to the euro. The official rate of the Bulgarian National Bank is 1.95583 per 1 Euro. So, if you want to avoid fluctuation of the amount you get against, for example USD 100, better bring EUR instead of USD :))).
You can withdraw cash from ATMs without a problem. Once it was not that common to see ATMs around but now you can find them everywhere. Especially in the city centre. (Note: this is valid for Sofia, I am not quite sure it is true for the rest of the country).
Payments via POS in shops and restaurants is becoming more and more popular but still is not that common as a way of payment. You will know if you can pay with a card when you see the sticker of VISA, MasterCard or whatever you use on the door. Most of the hotels accept cards.
Cheques are not used as a rule. You can cash them in a bank but it is a hassle. Believe me, you don’t want to be bothered with that.
Fondest memory: If you want to have an idea about the official exchange rates of the Bulgarian National Bank click here.
The Cover :)
Favorite thing: Ok, what you see on the picture is the cover of a book called The Art of Being a Foreigner.
This book is a result of the mutual efforts of two VTers: Dilian and Kalenderov.
It tells about the travelling experience they had together sometime ago in Italy and Greece. They both claim that things mentioned in the book really happened. If you ever read it you would understand why I had some doubts about how authentic are some passages in there :)
If they ever translate it into English I would highly recommend to everyone around reading it :) Especially if you are a backpacker you will love that book :)))
I do not recommend the book just because they are my friends it is because the book really worths reading it. It is written with a great sense of humour (which might occur a bit brutal at times to more refined people :))) ) and uncovers what is the real life of the Bulgarians living abroad. It is a book that talks about serious things in an entertaining way.
You can learn a big deal about Bulgarian mentality and way of thinking when reading this book. You will read about the Bulgarian immigrants' dreams, superstitions and disappointing experience.
I said enough, now all that has to be done is to translate the book, so you can enjoy it as well OR the harder option for you is to learn Bulgarian in order to read it :)))
Gergana in Hadjidraganovite kashti
Favorite thing: Sofia is full of good restaurants.
The prices are more than reasonable, in most of the places the food is delicious and the service is relativly good in the mid class restaurants.
The average price per meal (salad+main dissh+soft drink) per person is usually not more than BGN 15 (EUR 7). I am talking about an order where no alcohol is included :).
High-end restaurants, of course, are more expensive :)
For more information on that subject you can chack up the tips under Retsaurant section.
Fondest memory: On the picture you can see my friend Gergana enjoying her meal in the Hadjidraganovite kashti restaurant nearby Princess Hotel.
She is having shashlik . Big scew with meat and vegitables :)
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