Hello, My Name is Goat or How We Spent our Bayrum

Trip Start Mar 07, 2010
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Trip End Aug 01, 2012


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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

You know sometimes when you visit places and you see random things over and over again.  Yeah, in Sofia is kept seeing graffiti and stickers that said Hello, My Name is Goat.  No one can really tell us why, though.

C'est la vie...We decided to do something a little different in Sofia than we ever did in China...stay in the same place for a week because we can and want to.  There is so much to see and do here, we figured why not.

There is a lovely church that we visited and lots of little shops that we wondered though.  We really didn't buy much, but it was fun to look.  There was a little coffee shop called Cookies not to far from the Hostel that we frequented most days.  The trolley car came by on the street next to it and there was a big square that daily sold books.  Unfortunately most of them were in other languages besides English, but I loved to look at them.

One morning Steve and I were hanging out around the hostel trying to decide what to do when a guy named Mark come up with the brilliant idea to go go-carting.  Lovely idea for Steve, and Katie (a girl from the hostel) and I went to see Easy A at the cinema.  I was expecting cheesy teenage-y no-brainer, but was quite pleasantly surprised.  I really enjoyed it.

After getting back Steve and I took a walk around Sofia, and thus began the Sofian tradition we came to know as the Pavlovian McDonald's.  This tradition is very simple - when Steve sees this one particular McDonald's right down the street from our hostel he would have to use the bathroom there.  It doesn't matter if we went before he left the hostel, he has to use it again...EVERY TIME.  It got rather funny, actually.

We also met many people at the hostel, like Katie and Laurence.  One afternoon we were all hungry for something different and Indian sounded perfect.  It was marked on the hostel map and we set off.  After seeing a few stores along the way that one or more of us wanted to look in we actually found it!!  We were the only ones there (it was 3:00pm when we found it) and it hit the spot.  Steve also had to make sure to memorialize the fact that he was wondering around all day with three red heads.  It was also with Katie that we found a vegetarian restaurant with the most amazing banana cake.  YUM!

On another trip around the city we found a park.  We were hungry for lunch, but we weren't positive what we should get...until we saw a cart in the middle of the sidewalk.  There was a line next to it that went almost around the corner of the block.  This would be perfection.  Pizza.  A huge and delicious slice of pizza bigger than my hand for 2 leva (1.33 USD).  We sat in the park and ate our pizza and fed the crust to the pigeons.  Life is good.

All in all, an amazing trip to Bulgaria.
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