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Last year after the summer, when me with my family have most work, me and a cousin of mine decided that we needed a break. Often it is strange to people that our break is going to, as we call it between ourselves, "the civilization". In our community, here on the island, there are many people who have chosen to live here exactly for that - to be away from all civilization. Others have lived here all their lives and don't see a point to ever go somewhere else (I believe that this kind of people exist everywhere). Me and my family, we are something in the middle. We love our life here, but we sometimes like to go and have a different kind of fun elsewhere.
So, last year we wanted to get away for a few days. We usually go to Athens or Thessaloniki, or Volos.We go to bars, to the theater, we watch movies and visit exhibitions.
But last year there were a lot of guest on the island from Greece's north neighbor - Bulgaria. Most of them were friendly, they liked talking to us and as we told them about the island they were telling us about their life. We got interested and in the end of the season we packed and traveled to Bulgaria's capital Sofia (almost like my name!)
We arrived in a late afternoon in October. It was definitely chilly, but also sunny and had many colors. We stayed at a small hotel downtown, so we had no problem walking around the city center. As good tourists we saw all the sightseeing - the churches, some museums, some statues and so on. It was lovely - two girls walking the streets, looking at people and interesting objects, buying staff we don't need (most things in Bulgaria are cheaper than in Greece), eating like locals, drinking coffee.
I was really interested in people. You see, those Bulgarian who come for vacation are always a bit noisy, funny and laugh a lot. Here, in their own country, they were a bit hurrying and loud but in different way, not so cheerful.
I thought that maybe I misunderstood the Bulgarians I know. That maybe they are not those cheerful people I imagined them to be . But one evening we went to a bar and met some Bulgarians who were just the type I knew - funny, happy, smiling.
In the end it turned out that you can not say a lot about people by just knowing them in a single situation, because there are two sides of every coin
We had great time in Sofia, met some great people and came back home relaxed and happy.