There are a few language courses that are offered to foreigners, but make sure you book them before you arrive in Bulgaria.
Sofia University (02-971 7162; www.deo.uni-sofia.bg; bul Tsar Osvoboditel) offers Bulgarian languagecourses for foreigners, with one-to-one courses costing 220 lv for 20 hours’ tuition. The university also runs classes in Bulgarian culture, dance and folklore: a two-week course costs 430 lv. Unfortunately, shorter courses are not available.
The Sts Cyril & Methodius University of Veliko Târnovo (062-20 070; www.uni-vt.bg) usually offers a one-month ‘International Summer Seminar for Students in Bulgarian Language and Slavic Culture’ every August. Contact the university for current programmes and costs.
First-class compartments seat six people, eight are crammed into 2nd class, and the intercity express has individual seats in an open carriage. Sleepers and couchettes are available between Sofia and Burgas and Varna but must be booked in advance. Fares for 1st class are around 25% higher than for 2nd class. The carriages won’t be any cleaner, but it’s always worth paying the extra just to have a bit more space.
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