– “So, where do you go next?”
– “Oh, we don’t know yet… it’s a destination anywhere.”
– “And how did you decide to come to Sofia?”
– “We didn’t really decide that. It’s complicated.”
– “You took a blind booking?”
– “Not quite. It’s a long story…”
It’s not on purpose that I constantly write about how our guests decided to come to Sofia. I just happen to meet people with curious travel planning.
This is a similar story. A brother and sister from Hamburg, Germany (forget about all your prejudices – those Germans are sometimes much more spontaneous and unpredictable than you can imagine), decided to travel somewhere around Europe. But they wanted to leave the exact destination to destiny. So they packed their things, went to the highway and stretched their thumbs. The first driver that stopped was a Bulgarian, who had just bought a new car for his boss and was driving from Hamburg to Sofia. The driver could speak neither German, nor English. Still they jumped in the car and after two days of using body language and learning Bulgarian – here they are in Sofia. No wonder that the boy approached me with “Dobyr vecher” (Good evening) at the beginning of the tour 🙂
“Once we are here, we would like to take some time to look around, go to the mountain, then maybe to the beach.”
On the next day they decided to go to Vitosha Mountain, together with some other guests from CouchSurfing, who – by the way – came to the tour with their bikes!
“I like Sofia very much”, the boy said.
The only disappointment for them seemed to be the power of globalization – they were both surprised by the high number of German brands present in Sofia.
This reminds a bit of Alice in Wonderland…
– Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
– That depends a good deal on where you want to get to, said the Cat.
– I don’t much care where – said Alice.
– Then it doesn’t matter which way you go, said the Cat.
– …so long as I get somewhere, Alice added as an explanation.
– Oh, you’re sure to do that, said the Cat, if you only walk long enough.