A train trip to Sofia, My stay there and Down and Metallica’s concert

Monday, 28th July 2008

My trip to Sofia started at 10:05 at Thursday with a train. It took me around 8 hours 30 minutes to arrive there.The reason I traveled to Sofia was the Metallica concert which was going to happen at Friday night. It seemedthat few other old friends were traveling to Sofia so we traveled in one compartment. I wasn’t able to sleep muchonly 2 or maximum 3 hours. The last time I traveled to sofia was 6 years ago so this long journey was somethingI haven’t done from a long time. Thanks to God the journey was “flawless”, we arrived whole. It seemed thattwo of the guys traveling with me (Toto and Neicho) had some engagements so I had to stay with the other twoguys (The so called “Lurch” and Miro – who is a reporter in a radio here in Dobrich ). Miro had to meet anold school friend from his military service. It happened that this guy was pretty cool. When we met themafter we spend some time wondering what are the plans for the day I proposed to go to the Sofia city Zoo aftera bit of arguing against all of the guys accepted the idea so we asked few people which tram we had to takein order to go to the Zoo. After finding out we needed number 9 we took that tram and traveled across the “Borisov’s garden” which is a sort of Sofia’s central park. We had to get down at one of the bus stationsbecause Vladimir (The Miro’s friend) had to use bathroom in urgency cause he had upset digestion. After hedrop the shit :). We took another tram and went to the station we had to get out and walk to the Zoo.First we went with Vladimir to take him some medicine against his upset digest, after which we walked aroundtwo bus stations before we arrived to the Zoo. The Zoo’s animals were awesome although the animals are a prisoners ..The animals we observed were Jaguars, Owls, hippopotamus, tigers, parrots, bears, rhinos, monkeys, turtles,ostrichs and many many more. After that we were hungry so we went to the Sofia Student City. And we saton a place called “Krivoto”, after seeing the high prices there we decided we won’t eat there and stayedonly for a drink there. After which we went to a place called “Dzhumajata” where we ate cheap pastrys and snacks.Speaking about cheap stuff I should say I noticed that the prices in Sofia are a way more expensive comparingto the prices in most of the towns and citys. After we had our lunch we took a bus and traveled to the Boris’sGarden to a place pretty near to the stadium where the Metallica concert was going to happen. The weatherwas terrible at the beginning it was raining then it was shiny afterwards it was rainy, sunshine and rain changedfor a few times during the day and as a whole the time was pretty unsteady. We were there near the stadiumat 1 o’clock in the afternoon so we had a lot of time to loose, most of the people who were already therewere young uncivilized metalheads who were a pretty disgusting picture. Until maybe 3 o’clock most of the guysI’ve saw was in the age interval 14-16 years old which make me feel like like I’m in the kinder garden. This guys were drinking screaming unhumanly. Yes 9 years ago when I was on the Metallica’s concert in PlovdivI know I was looking probably pretty similar to that guys but still I hated that. At a point I was so disgustedfrom the metal culture and the young metalheads that I wanted no more to attend the concert I was thinking ofselling my ticket and going for a walk with Nomen. In the end I decided I won’t sell my ticket and willenter the concert. It seemed I entered late and the concert has already started because I wasn’t able to listento the warm up band called “The Sword”, when I entered I came just on time for “Down” band performance.I have to say I wasn’t impressed I never listened this band seriously but as far as I am an ex-Pantera fanI expected more from (Pantera’s frontman) Phil Anselmo. From I’ve heard I personally think he can’t sing at all.Most of the public around me seemed like they aren’t enjoying Down too. Next an 50 minutes or so after DownMetallica went on stage heating the audience to red with Creeping Death and a bunch of other fromtheir all well known songs from Kill’em All, Ride the Ligthning, Master of Puppets, And Justice for All andThe Black Album. The only song thay played from an album after year ’91 was Fuel which is one of the best songs from their carreer after ’91. The sound quality was pretty good and as a whole Metallica performancewas so good that it seemed they’re performing on a playback. This is the good things I may say, the bad thingsare I realized a lot of their things are devilish and inspired by the devil himself. Also I examined in theirattitude and their stage behaviour this guys have completely gone insane. They acted like Metallica is some kindof God who they feed. From a believers perspective I can say Metallica as a band became an idol to the band members.An idol which is their God. I really hate that and at a point I wanted that the concert be done as soon as possible.After the concert I went out from one of the stadium exits, and tried to find the place where we were with the guysbefore the concert but I got lost, and decided to call to Nomen and tell him I’m going to his place because i didn’thave much of a thing to do, I had to call Vlado (Hellpain) afther the concert but there were some problems withthe GSM networks exactly then so I wasn’t able to find him right then. I was walking in a streets at Sofia havingno idea where I am going. I was searching for a cheaper I can take to Nomen’s quarter (Dyrvenica). Luckily I meta friends from Dobrich who were in Sofia for many years and asked them which taxi to take in order to save some money.The suggested I should take a taxi called from the taxis “1 euro” and told me in which street it’s more probableto find such a taxi. One of this taxis i’ve saw was taken right before me, so I was walking and searching for another taxiat this point I was very tired. I prayed Jesus to help me earlier because I felt a kind of totally lost in Sofiaand I really wanted not to spend much money for a taxi. And the prayer was answered like always Hellpain called to meand asked where I’m, I told him I have absolutely no idea where I am and asked him if it’s a problem for himto drive me to Dyrvenica, he said: “it’s not a problem because they’re pass by this quarter anyways.I had to call him 4 or 5 times before I was able to find the stadium where he was waiting for me. They took me and bring me to dyrvenica,then Nomen took me from the bus station and after we went to the shop to take something for eating, we ate spaghetti talked a bitand went to bed. At the next day after I woke up I have awaken him too and we went to Djumayata to have a breakfast.After that we went to the center and “by chance” although no chances at this life, Nasko (with which we were a colleagues at “design.bg”,called to hear me how I am and I told him I’m in Sofia. He suggested that we may see each other and we did 2 hours later or so.Before that we had a coffee to a coffeterea very close to the Sofia’s university. Right before that we walked around the National Assembly,and we went to the Largest Church in Sofia, “St. Alexander Nevski”. The church is beatiful and big and has much lessorthodox icons than the one hear in Dobrich. Later when we met Nasko infront of Sofia’s University we went to a place called”Krivoto” which is right next to the Sofia’s university. The prices there again were pretty high. After that we wentto the Sofia’s mall where we went to IMAX (3d cinema). We watched a film Nascar their which is a sort of documentary filmfor the nascar racings which happen in america. Watching cinema in 3d is pretty awesome althought it tires your brain a lot.In order to see in 3d, when you enter the cinema a personal provides you with special glasses which make the films projected in 3d.After that we went to Student City again where we met vlado we ate a burgers with Nomen, after which we went to the Djumaya again.There are 2 Djumaya’s one is for fast food the other one is like a restaurant and a sort of pub in one. This time we went to the restaurant/pub. We drinked beer with fried potates and went to Mitko’s place again where we watched an English comedy called “The Black Adder”. At the nextday after we woke up we went to a monestery pretty close to the Dyrvenica’s quarter “Dyrvenishki Monestery”. There I asked the priestto bless two crosses I bought the day before from Alexander Nevski and he blessed them with a holy water in the name of “The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit). After that we went back to the center in Sofia and called to see Nasko. Together we went to a place where we ate pretty cheap pizzas this was located very near to a park. The interesting thing about the park was that it was a free wifi zone. Too bad nobodywas with his laptop :). We had to meet toto their and we sat to a coffeeteria. After the coffe we tried to kill some time at the parkwatching the fountains and talking about stuff. At 5 o’clock we went around the Sofia’s Theather which I think is a sort of national theater.After that we had another cheap pizza to a place near the NDK building. I and nasko walked around NDK. Something really good that I rememberI saw the day before was a Russian Orthodox Church we went in it only for few minutes and there was some sort of liturgy or so happening,so we went out. I also saw quiet a lot of other interesting buildings and places which right now I cannot say by name cause I don’tremember the name. At 8 o’clock we took a bus to the train station. We bought tickets and we catched the train back to Dobrich. At the train a guy I didn’t know started talking with me, I introduced myself to him and he to me. And very fast we became a friends. He is called “Bagryian” and is a machine engineer on a ship, he is right now graduating at the Naval school in Varna. It seemed he also was from Tyrgovishte and he knew Nasko the guy with whom we spend our day and the day before 🙂 Accidence Huh? The guy told me he is coming back from a sailing courseto Malta. It seemed he is a interested into wireless cracking and security as a whole at the same time he is a “stopper” geek (not sure about the term but basicly he enjoys to stop random cars to bring him from a destination to another destination. He was also interested into security in general although he is not so deeply into computing, he explained me some interesting stuff about wireless technology. He made and embededan external antena to his laptop wireless in order to make it catch more wifi-networks. Also He showed me his gps and gsm with the “tomtom” software which indicated our location when we were moving with the train and also our speed we travel with. He was a pretty interesting buddy. Luckily my travel to Dobrich was incident free and now I’m home blogging 🙂 Bagryan mentioned he owns a website about tech stuff called http://spoika.info . Also he told me that the stop guys have gatherings just like the rockers gatherings and he mentioned the official site for the stopper guys in Bulgaria. Check it out http://stopbg.com .END—–

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