Bulgaria - Sofia (Part 1)

So finally I left Dublin and started on my Graduation trip to Eastern Europe. Started my journey with RyanAir to London then from there to Sofia (the capital of Bulgaria).
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Up in the Air
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Landed in London Gatwick Airport and went to the airport restaurant to have lunch
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Our food (I am travelling with a friend)
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I had the lasagna and it was quite awful, c'mon how wrong can u go with lasagna and this is unacceptable standard, my friend also said his pasta is not nice at all -verdict: DON'T eat in Gatwick Airport unless necessary.
After our meal, Sofia HERE I COME!!!
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Landed in the airport about 2hours 45mins later
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Had problems at the customs as they never seen Singapore passport before and they are not sure if I need a Visa to enter the country. (-.-) 
At least they sorted things out and let us pass but that is after they cleared everyone in the airport and I felt like a 2nd class citizen but anyway things turned out better afterwards, the hostel arranged someone to pick us up from the airport and this is where I am staying.
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Found out that we are not staying in the hostel residence itself as we booked a private room so we had to walk like 5mins away from the hostel to like a service apartment. This is our room for 3 nights.
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The next day we decided to venture out of the city to this place called Rila and it is like a 2 hour drive from the city. 
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We reached a place that is like a forest where a monk used to stay and there is a cave where he stayed in there for like 7 years. It is also said in Sofia that if you are able to pass through the cave and come out from the other side, you are like cleanse spiritually. 
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A small church near the cave 
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Inside the church 
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Coming out from the cave *YEAH I'M CLEANSE!!!*
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After that our guide brought us to the Rila Monastery where we had our lunch at a small restaurant beside the Monastery. 
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The entrance of the Monastery 
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Inside of the Monastery
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Outside the Monastery where there is a small shop for tourist to dine and shop for some snacks
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A MUST try from the hostel but I think it was so so
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What do your think of this monastery? 
Comment below :) 

6 comments:

Glo-w~* | May 27, 2010 8:08 AM

lols, noticed you use like quite often^^ i love visitig old buildings with a story bhind them! especially the one with candy cane motif^^ how happy were d doughnuts?

winter gurl | May 27, 2010 11:22 AM

Interesting small church inside d cave

ohmywtf | May 27, 2010 3:44 PM

omg..so nice!! wish i will have chance to go backpacking in East Europe!

Em | May 28, 2010 11:12 AM

the church look interesting :D and I was disappointed with the lasagna "experience" :(

ulricng | May 28, 2010 6:37 PM

glo-w: sorry i was so tired and i realized my writing was horrible after u mentioned about it.
Winter gurl: the cave is outside of the church :)
ohmywtf: hahah you should its really fun and u get to meet alot of people along the way
Em: hahaha have u been to london gatwick airport?

shew fei | May 30, 2010 7:05 PM

interesting...it looks like it's so warm there, isn't it? bout the passport..we always have problems with it..no matter where we go..stupid..but yeah, finally they'll tell you..oh,you don't need a visa..oh,come on..i told u i don't need a visa...haha..i've been to gatwick airport..i've been to all london airports but sad to say,i haven't been to london city..haha..luton,gatwick,heathrow,stansted..

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