Roundabout

Arriving in Nis we withdraw money from the cash machine at the highly frequented shopping mall next to a new roundabout. We park our van just next to its siblings.  

Bottleneck

Due to the topography on the way from the border to Nis, the road gets curvy and narrow. As soon as the valley widens a snack stand/ inn pops up. … as well as some ruins of former roadside...

External Frontier

Crossing the Serbian border we again leave the EU. We pass a long queue of trucks waiting for the customs. The customs-officers request a road-toll which we should pay cash – either in Euro or in Serbian Dinar. But we just have some Bulgarian Lew. After negotiating with employees of several exchange offices a lady agreed to change the money – we could go...

Megastructure

On our trip we were u.a. in search of once important stops along the major traffic-corridors. So we were very much attracted by this roof construction on our way from Sofia to the Serbian border. But it turned out that this was a misinterpretation and the complex was an abandoned military...

Ilyantsi Market

… is the largest open-air and partly indoor market in the north-west of Sofia. Serbs told us, that during the period of international embargo against Serbia this market was made especially to serve their needs. The embargo is over since a long time. But the market surprisingly it still exists, it is even upgraded with the Carrefour...

Terminal Sofia

Just next to the main station and the smaller terminal is the big central bus station of...

Bus Travel

As we noticed already in Vienna many transnational commuters use the extensive bus-network.   The rather brand new ‚Container Village‘ in front of the main station hosts travel-agencies and small cafes. The ad of this bus company covers exactly the destinations we passed on our „triangle-trip“ (Vienna – Tallinn – Sofia –...

Sofia Main Station

Very representative the combination of the big hall, a monument and the vast underground network of passages and paths. But sadly the spaces are hardly frequented and shops closed down. … and on the platform – encounter with the frigo-containers of an Austria based hauling...

Inauguration

By accident we had visited the newly redesigned „Jenzki Pazar“ (the Women’s Market) in Sofia exactly on the day and in that half an hour when the mayor of Sofia proudly presented the innovations to the press! Before the total redesign the project „The Unseen Women’s Market„, initiated by Nikola Venkov, intended to provoke a debate about the value of this type of urban spaces in Bulgaria by focussing on the markets‘ diversity and individual narratives. Next to the redevelopment the stalls from socialist period are still in...

SOMAT Base

From the guard at the SOMAT hotel, we got the hint to the SOMAT base in Pazardzhik. Since it was on our route we stopped over. Again a very friendly guard who has been already for SOMAT showed us around, telling us stories from the ‚glory days‘! By coincidence we met a couple posing in front of the old and staged „Berliet“ truck from the 1960-ties. He has been working for SOMAT for several years and now lives in Slovakia. He just came to Pazardzhik meet his parents and his siblings – all living abroad. Surprisingly the run down base is still partly in use – owned by the successor-enterprise Willi Betz and rented to several other businesses....