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RIGHT OF WAY

... ngle ticket that covers two journeys - one on the underground and the other valid for the rest of the public transport system - for 1.10 leva. Marshrutki, or shared taxis are Bulgaria's equivalent to Tur ...

SMOKERS VERY WELCOME

... smoking. At that time the ministers waived the proposed full smoking ban in public places from 2008. Instead, they kept the partial ban on tobacco smoking in public buildings, public transport, taxis, ...

THE EXPAT STRIKES BACK

... orrupt guys, right? Corrupt? Corruption?” 4 pm: Get into the backseat of a taxi. Ask to be driven somewhere that's so close that the driver is sure to refuse. Hurl abuse at him, then get out of the cab a ...

WARM BLANKET OR WET FLANNEL

...  Owners of nearby clothing stores, however, refused to get out of bed in the middle of the night to provide clothing to those in need. Taxi drivers arrived at the station uninvited and offered to dri ...

TELLTALE

... orry about getting ripped off by taxi drivers because you know Sofia like the back of your hand. And if the guy tries to take you the long way round, you know enough Bulgarian to be able to hurl abuse  ...

<span class="highlight">BULG</span>ARIA REGAINED

... d Pazardzhik ends in defeat. For three days they insist on broadening the eligibility for an upcoming amnesty law. In the long list of protests and strikes, the prize for the most unusual demands goes  ...

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

...  more “democratic” names – ones that did not call to mind the recent past. The old signs were replaced with new ones, city maps had to be reprinted, and taxi drivers became more confused than usual.  ...

MY OWN CHOICE: NERDE YAMBOL, NERDE STAMBOUL*

... Karshiyaka in Plovdiv and is very well known by taxi drivers. It has an authentic atmosphere, decorated with antique household goods such as radios, gramophones, and sewing machines.  ...

ANYONE FOR CAMPING

... o a short taxi fare. Remuneration for a typical, menial job would be insufficient to acquire proper accommodation, hence the problems of new arrivals who have to share overcrowded spaces in dingy bed-sit ...

THE BODYGUARD

... g criminals in jail - "We arrest them and they (the judges) let them go free!" - has become urban folklore without harming his image. More recently, nobody complained when, instead of condemning an illegal  ...

WHO ARE THE TRUE PRUSSIANS?

... h does not care enough for its capital and citizens. Completely in the style of post-totalitarian Bulgarians, who blame their ruling classes for everything: from low pensions to the lack of a taxi drive ...

EXPAT ROLLERCOASTER

... alk to the taxi rank. The pavement is almost impassable. Just about every inconsiderate bastard in creation has parked on the pavement in such a way that you are compelled to swerve, zigzag and dance a ...

CULTURE ШOCK

... nd there is ear-splitting noise in the middle of the night. You get into a taxi and the radio is blaring chalga at full blast. You go into a cafe or restaurant where loud electronic music is thumping from the ...
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