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Sofia

History:

"Sofia was originally a Thracian settlement called Serdica or Sardica, possibly named after the Thracian tribe Serdi that had populated it. For a short period during the 4th century B.C., the city was possessed by Philip of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great."

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History:

"From about 400 BC a race called the Thracians lived in parts of what is now Bulgaria. The Thracians were a tribal society and they were superb horsemen. They were also known for making beautiful gold and silver jewelry."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"The oldest gold treasure in the world was found in Bulgaria (in 294 graves were found 3000 gold objects dating back more than 6000 years)."

Customs and Culture:

"The general rule for gift giving is that it is more about the thought than value - in fact do not give overly expensive gifts as this may cause the recipient embarrassment."

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  Quick Facts: Entry & Exit, Safety & Security  

Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations & Hepatitis A

Visas: Not required for a US citizen for a stay up to 90 days

What to Pack: "If you don’t speak Bulgarian, Point It  is a book featuring pictures of everything from toothbrush to cable car, so you can point to what you’re looking for."

 

 

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Water Safety: Drink bottled water

Money: Currency: Bulgarian lev Exchange Rate

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