Archive for Travel Tips – Europe

Bulgaria, where even shaking your head is miscommunication

In most countries, hand signals, a smile and a nod of the head will get you by. In Bulgaria, just throw everything out the window and deal with the fact that you are going to be misunderstood. you don’t know the language. the letters are in Cyrillic. Some hand signals are offensive or mean communism or things you didn’t intend. Lastly, even shaking your head means the opposite of what you think. Correct, nodding your head up and down means “no” whereas happily shaking your head side to side means “yes”. For all you guys out there who think that you were getting somewhere with that beautiful Bulgarian woman, sorry to burst your bubble. She was saying “no”.

The Moscow Metro – Those WWII POW’s really can work!

If you do make it to Moscow to see Red Square or……. well, Red Square, you definitely need to make a side trip just to cruise around on the metro. Basically, it’s the Soviet apology to its citizens for the fact that they had to live 4 families to a room. At least everyone could go to the metro to see chandeliers, statues, murals and pretend that they live in a palace instead of jammed into a tiny flat. Created using thousands of Nazi slaves, it is quite an achievement and a testament to what a dictatorship can do with the slaves from another dictatorship.