Sofia, the capital city of the Republic of Bulgaria ,is a very charming place, much nicer than I could have ever imagined. It is surprising to find yourself in so many fascinating places, hidden under the cold Soviet structure. Bulgaria became a part of the European Union just seven years ago, but its evolution and improvement are taking place at a very fast pace.
During these months, I am discovering a completely different language, gastronomy and culture.
One of the biggest contributions of the Bulgarian culture is the Cyrillic alphabet, used as a writing system by many languages in Eastern Europe and Asia. Learning such simple words as “thank you” or “good morning” make you feel closer to the country. The fact that we speak different languages is not an obstacle when communicating with each other, since many Bulgarians speak English.
As regards the gastronomy, the “banitsa”, the “patatnik”,the “ayran” or the “musaka” represent some of the most typical dishes in Bulgaria.
Celebrations are very important for Bulgarian people, one of the best known being the “Martenitsa”, which heralds the beginning of Spring.
The Erasmus welcome is incredible¡, young people belonging to different universities help foreign students in an altruistic way. Besides, ESN is an Erasmus organization that arranges parties, activities, and trips both in and outside the country, providing students with the opportunity to meet new people and places.
The Erasmus experience is unique, one has to experince it to understand how it feels ¡