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A Day Out in Sofia - 10 Oct 2010
  Sorry for not updating as frequently as normal only I have been quite busy and have Annie over visiting as well. On Monday (10 Oct) I had to go to Sofia for the day to get my Degree Certificate (Maths & Physics from Swansea) legalized so that I can be employed to teach computers at the foreign language school here in Kardjali.

The cheapest quickest and most convienient way to travel around Bulgaria is by bus. These are mainly coach type vehicles and you can get from just about anywhere in Bulgaria for 20 Lev (10Euros). So for my day in Sofia I caught the 5 am bus to Sofia. The bus was completely full as I think Monday morning buses to Sofia may be full of commuters who work in the city for the week and go home at weekends. I was lucky enough to get a window seat, and unlucky enough to have a man sit next me who fell asleep in 3 seconds flat and snored the whole trip, and passed wind alarming frequency the whole trip!

On arrival in Sofia, I caught a Taxi to my destination (Giorgi Dimitrov Boulevard), but as I was a bit sleepy fell for a rogue taxi driver that a special meter rate for foreigners. At my arrival some 7 kms from the bus station he asked for 55 Lev! I told him what I thought of his mother and father, gave him 10 and told him to go and get the police if thought it was problem. I am not sure if it was the shock of my answer, or that it was in Bulgarian that made him look more astounded. Needless to say no Police have been chasing me since. Top tip if you are getting a taxi (especially in Sofia) check the rates displayed on the window these should be 59 - 79 stotinki a km and not 3.6 lev a km!

On arrival at NACID I handed over my documents, degree certificate, apostille certificate, translation, application form, letter from the Kimet to say I lived in the village, letter from the works office to say I had registered. Not enough! The nice peeps at NACID insisted that to have my degree ratified I would need a secondary education completion certificate. I told them there was no such thing, this was treated as inconsequential. Just because a document doesn't exist doesn't mean you can't get one! I came very close to telling them what I thought of their mother also, but bit my tongue took the name and address of the director of NACID and told them I would write to her for clarification.

I have been in Bulgaria for over two years and really should have learnt by now that documents aren't dealt with lightly. I caught a taxi back to the bus station, only 6 kms, and 6 Lev! Me and the taxi driver Dimitar, discussed Mr Berbabtovs retirement from International football at the age 29!

Back on the 12:00 bus to Kardjali, only three other people, no snoring much less wind!

On the way back a smile came to my face I remembered the school I had been offered employment at advertises with much gusto that their qualifications are recognised by Cambridge University in the UK, and yet my degree from the UK is worthless here! Oh the irony of it!


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