VIB – Arrival in Vienna

Our bus arrives this Friday as one of the first at the „Vienna International Busterminal“ (VIB) around 5 am. The counters and toilet are still closed – but the snack stand just opened for a first coffee. After picking up their luggage the passengers immediately rush to the exit. Some are awaited, but most straight head for the subway...

Promotion!

In order to keep us happy and convince us to book the same bus also for our future trips, „Air Kona“ the bus company invites every passenger for a nightly meal. At the Serbian grill room they served „Pljeskavica“ for everybody! What a ritual of...

Stop Routine

  Some perceived 100 meters after the Bulgarian/ Serbian border, where the controls were pretty rigorous, we stop at the service area and grill room „King“. For the bus drivers and most of the passengers – as frequent travelers – stopping here seems to be...

Apportionment of Seats

Again back at the main bus terminal in Sofia. Just some minutes for check in. The bus is operated by the second big company heading for Austria „Air Kona“. This time the bus is booked out and full 0f people from very different social backgrounds and motives for their travel. The apportionment of seats was done by the lady at the counter. It seems that she arranged the seats in terms of her own perception and assumptions according to the social status and gender of...

Get Off!

Surprisingly most passengers get of at an informal bus stop on the outer ring of Sofia.

Motel E80

Heading to Sofia on the E80 we pass by freshly renovated motel and market – probably from the 70-ties. The parking lots on both sides of the motorway are connected via a footbridge. We’ll try to stop there on one of our next trips....

Stuffed in Trunk

Even though the Mercedes Sprinter minibus next to us was ready for departure, it was stopped by two other cars. The drivers agreed unloaded the whole trunk and stuffed it again with additional...

Avtogara Plovdiv

On Thursday around noon the main bus terminal in Plovdiv slowly gets busy – as the tributary busses for long distance busses depart from here. The main gateway is flanked by a snack stand and bakery offering various additional...

Arrival in Plovdiv

Everybody of the passengers is awaited by somebody. The lady in her 50-ties who is working as a nurse in a private home close to Innsbruck (A), is picked up by her daughter, her son-in-law and her grandchildren. She has been away from home for 3 weeks, like she alternately is the whole year – 3 weeks Plovdiv – 3 weeks...

Karat-S Headquaters

Just some minutes later and after criss crossing Sofia we change bus at the companies‘ parking, located close to a residential area within the city. Here we store all our luggage in the trunk of a Mercedes Sprinter bus. All those (dis-)embarkments and regroupings of us – the passengers – on occasions like this, turn out to be quite useful for conversations. Simply, getting to know more about the fellow travelers‘ routines, rhythms and...