Spot the Mafia dude (we excitedly assume) ducking behind the spring onions
1: The alphabet is Cyrillic
And while that’s apparently no secret, we had no idea until the day before we travelled there (we were a bit behind on implementing our SOPs). And here’s the problem with Cyrillic: you can’t type it into Google Translate and see what the words mean.
When you combine that with the fact that no one speaks a word of English, you’ve got two options for the duration of your visit: stay in your apartment, or wing it. We chose to wing it. Which resulted in unintentional tram rides to areas we didn’t really care for, eating things that definitely weren’t chicken, pork, beef, lamb or fish, and still not being entirely sure we walked up part of Vitosha Mountain or just a cocking steep hill.
2: People come alive on the tram
The default demeanour of a Bulgarian person would never be described as “jovial”. And when you get served in a restaurant or cafe, you’ll be inclined to assume that their demeanour is an accurate reflection of their personality (we’ve never seen so many grunts or had so many menus slammed in front of us).