Your trip to Bulgaria will be a better and richer experience the more contact you have with its many delightfully quirky locals. We took local buses everywhere and met loads of interesting people this way, including a Roma man and his disabled son, an American Peace Corps worker and a Bulgarian-Greek philosopher. We had an especially memorable trip from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv. A man arrived with a large box and, after much discussion with the driver, the box was placed in the bus aisle, while the man walked away. As we drove off, the box began to shake violently. Seeing our alarm, a friendly student explained that it contained an injured stork who had been found and was being sent to the next town to an animal hospital. We assumed the stork was more likely to be off to become a meal somewhere but, when we pulled into the bus station in the next town, a woman in surgical scrubs was waiting. She told us she was the vet. We asked if she would be paid to treat the stork. She snorted and said, "Who would pay for such a thing?" Our bus trips were an unexpected highlight of an all-around wonderful trip, and revealed Bulgaria to us in all its strange, beautiful and surprisingly bird-loving glory.
Bus depots are in most towns and cities and run regular services
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