We explored Sofia today, heading for the Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevski, and stopping en route at the hot mineral baths, where people fill up huge bottles of it and lug it home in trolleys. We drank some from our hands, because it’s meant to be really good for you, but it just tasted like bathwater. There were loads of market stalls in the courtyard, all selling honey and honeycomb, and a human statue who threw some squeaky flowers at Shannon. We also found Subway and had a sandwich in front of the cathedral, when we finally found it, then found an old war memorabilia market, where Shannon wanted to buy an old Nazi ring, and there was a cat in a suitcase (we didn’t buy either).
We tried to find somewhere cheap to buy some leggings (ours have lots of holes in), and ended up in a very posh mall, where we nearly bought a samurai sword and a massive crystal chess set. We did get a couple of souvenirs though; Bulgaria produces 80% of the world’s rose oil in the Valley of Roses, not far from where we are, so we stopped and bought some rose perfume and rose jam, which is really good – like strong rose flavoured honey. Some of the perfume is heading home with Ross for our mums!
We cooked on our camping stove for the first time last night to have cheesy-beansy-pasta, our favourite, and we’re going to cook pasta and pesto tonight, with rose jam for pudding.