August 2016: We arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria after a night flight from Ottawa to Frankfurt, Germany and then a second flight to Sofia. After a good night sleep we organized a walking tour through the centre of Sofia and started to learn.
Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria when researched appears to date to the 8th millennium BC. It has been a crossroads of civilizations. We learned that the Cyrillic alphabet used with the Bulgarian language was actually developed in Bulgaria during the ninth century. We saw a blend of architecture, with building dating to roman times, evidence of medieval materials, neo-classical style, neo-renaissance, and socialist architecture to name a few. Coming from a country with not yet 150 years of history, I wondered who might have walked the cobblestones before me?
I couldn’t help but notice the “quirky” street vendors a contrast to the surrounding history . I was reminded of the food truck trend popping up in our north american cities over the past few summers.