www.aswetravel.com/sofia-bulgaria-travel-video/ - Sofia, Bulgaria Europe Train first stop was Sofia in Bulgaria, where we actually gave ourselves an extra day to rest before the next 2 night-trains which we knew would be exhausting. Sofia - MY city, which was a completely normal capital city - but also slightly different. There were simply some things we saw that we just couldn't understand. Like why they needed to have so many different churches, or why the kiosks had their shop windows by your feet on the pavement so you had to sit on your knees to buy stuff ... Or why all women insisted on dying their beautiful brown thick hair with grey streaks á la Halloween style (even the dolls in the shopping windows had wigs with the same grey streaks) ...? The extra day we had given ourselves was a day for resting - or so we thought ... instead we used that day to catch up on all the things we had postponed... like washing our clothes ... Because of the short time we've been able to spend in each city, and all the things we have had to fit in while there, we haven't been able to wash our clothes other than one item here or there in the shower and sink, because they never have had time to dry! We're getting used to the way things work in this part of Europe, because it is, trust me, VERY different from the west. For example, there is no such thing as timing here: ask the train conductor if the train leaves at 7pm like it says on the ticket and he will smile, shrug his shoulder and say "nooo, not seven - maybe half hour later... or maybe later." Everyone actually counts on the trains leaving and arriving late, and so far not one train has left or arrived on time!