World Borders: How to Get from Bulgaria to Macedonia (Sofia to Skopje bus)

In my ongoing World Borders series this time I report on how to get from Bulgaria to Macedonia. I based myself in the capital city of Sofia just before heading across the border – you should aim to stay in the 10 Coins Hostel there – one of my favourite ever hostels. From Sofia, I Read more about World Borders: How to Get from Bulgaria to Macedonia (Sofia to Skopje bus)[…]

Staying at the Old Plovdiv Guest House in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

As a handy stop over city on route from Veliko Tarnovo (a splendid city where I stayed in the Hotel Comfort) enroute to Sofia, I decided to do the obvious touristy thing for a change and stay in Plovdiv. Plovdiv is a classic Bulgarian city with a real ancient Roman feel about it. Despite the Read more about Staying at the Old Plovdiv Guest House in Plovdiv, Bulgaria[…]

Friday’s Featured Food: Walnut Chicken in Shtastlivetsa, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

I never had any idea that Bulgaria would be a popular spot for food. But I was proved wrong time and time again. The chefs here know how to cook meals with flavour, meals that are memorable and cooked to perfection. So while Bulgarian national dishes specifically may not be the highlight, the way the Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Walnut Chicken in Shtastlivetsa, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria[…]

My Stay at the 10 Coins Hostel: The Coolest Hostel in Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia in Bulgaria was next on my hit list and I needed a hostel for a couple of nights. It was the name that shot out at me “10 coins hostel” I thought? Must be a story in that! One e-mail later and I’m messaging Nick the owner while I backpacked through Veliko Tarnovo and Read more about My Stay at the 10 Coins Hostel: The Coolest Hostel in Sofia, Bulgaria[…]

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World Borders: How to Get From Romania to Bulgaria (Train from Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo)

Another of my Eastern European world borders series now as I write about my trip from Romania to Bulgaria. Having loved my time in Bucharest, I decided to head south and check out the medieval city of Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria. Having used train to cross from Romania to Moldova (and back the same way) Read more about World Borders: How to Get From Romania to Bulgaria (Train from Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo)[…]

Staying in the Cosy Family Hotel Comfort in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

My first day in Bulgaria ended up being a massive backpacking adventure. I kind of assumed loads of travellers would be heading the same way, as I went from Romania’s capital across the border into Bulgaria. Alas – no – it was just myself and Mina, a Turkish girl who I met on the train Read more about Staying in the Cosy Family Hotel Comfort in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria[…]