So I flew to Greece, but I didn’t actually stay there for very long (by the way I’ve never had an issue flying out of the Uk with metal circulars or any problems knitting on the plane, that’s no guarantee that you’ll have the same experience but it seems like it’s not usually a problem). Met up with Hannah, took a weird walk in the rain around thesaloniki’s port and ate a dinner made up of various greek side dishes, before we boarded the night train for Sofia. Sofia’s the capital of Bulgaria (er I didn’t know that until fairly recently) and although it’s chilly enough that we had to buy some warmer clothes we’ve been having fun exploring. Yesterday we wandered around the centre, which is full of totally contradictory buildings thrown together. Lots of run down concrete, colourful peeling paint on once grander facades and some amazing churches, like this – the ‘Russian Church’. I think it was built in the late 19th century as a celebration of Russia’s help in freeing the city from the rule of the Ottoman empire.
At least I think that’s it, we went to the National History Museum today and discovered that this place has a very colourful political history, as well as a pretty ancient one. There were lots of interesting archeological finds, and the church we visited after the museum was built between the 11th and 12th centuries. The entire interior of the church was decorated with murals, although photography was forbidden of course so I can’t show you.
Tomorrow we’re planning on visiting a monastery outside the city, before we get another night train to Bucharest and then onto Transylvania. We’re staying in a town that seems to be straight out of a fairytale, so we’re rather excited about that.