Our first two weeks in Bulgaria have absolutely flown by! Plovdiv is even nicer the summer and we’ve been enjoying strolling around the parks and wandering the back streets in the evenings and of course sampling the lovely local beers.
We’re staying in an AirBnb apartment at the moment, it’s to the south of the city and a little further out than we wanted (we walked it – once) to be but it’s very nice and we’re able to work there with no issues which was the main worry. It’s a short taxi or bus ride into the main city centre and both options are very affordable, a taxi costs around 4 lev (£1.80) and the bus is only 1 lev (45p), we’ve been using an app for taxis which has helped with the communication side of things but have hailed a couple from the street with no problems and the buses are very regular with a stop outside our block.
Our first priority was to find somewhere long term to live and we contacted a few local agents online before arriving so were able to start viewings pretty quickly, In all we saw 13 apartments of varying quality. We saw a couple of amazing places but one was in a massive old block surrounded by what looked like an industrial estate and one which had a ready made office room that would have been ideal for working from but was a little too polished for us. We saw one we wanted but someone else got in there a couple of hours before us so that was pretty deflating and we doubted we’d find somewhere as nice……..but we did!
We get the keys to our new place next week and it ticks all our boxes, it has two bedrooms so plenty of room for guests (Mam, get a passport), two bathrooms (handy for the rush in the 5 minute gap in between lessons!) and best of all lots of outside terrace space which we’re very much looking forward to making the most of. It’s in the Filipovo part of the city across the river and it’s a really nice neighbourhood with plenty of bars, restaurants and leafy boulevards and it’s a pleasant 15 minute walk into the centre along the pedestrian bridge. We’re really looking forward to moving in and settling down.
In between apartment viewings we’ve been exploring the local shops, bars and restaurants and have enjoyed some really good food and managed to attend our first event at the Ancient Roman Theatre, we saw Piano Battle and had a really nice evening. It’s an amazing venue that we’d wanted to attend since we first saw it in February, luckily there’s an opera festival running at the moment so tickets are reasonable and there are lots of events, we’ve booked to see Swan Lake in September too. Part of our reasoning for moving to Plovdiv was for the cultural events and there’s always something happening in the city, next year it’s the European Capital of Culture so we’re very much looking forward to that.
Hopefully by next weekend we’ll be all moved into our new place so the next post should come from there, see you then!