One month after my cancelled flight, I finally made it to Sofia, a post-soviet Eastern-European town, with a special Balkan twist.
In other words, my kind of town.
This had been evident since the very first moments of the trip: when I was on the bus heading from the airport to downtown Sofia, I spotted some graffiti on a railway bridge which read “Welcome to Sofia: city of beers, girls and graffiti”.
The People’s Republic of Bulgaria was the official name of the Bulgarian socialist republic that existed from 1946 to 1990. The Bulgarian Communist Party was ruling the country and the prime minister was Georgi Dimitrov until 1949, then Valko Chervenkov and Todor Zhivkov after him. I found the Bulgarian socialist past an excellent ‘fil-rouge’ to dig into Sofia’s architecture, art and monuments, from the city centre to the Museum of Socialist Art and the several areas in the outskirts built according to the standards of socialist architecture to accommodate the multitude of people who came from the countryside to work in the new factories that the Party wanted.