The city of Sofia lies at the foot of Mount Vitosha, which not only provides a scenic backdrop to the bustling city below, but also provides an easily accessible way to escape the urban environment and retreat into nature. And after two days battling extremely itchy bug bites and staring wistfully out of hostel room window, we were pretty anxious to get out of the room and finally see Sofia from a different angle.
The overnight bus is the cheapest and easiest way to travel overland between Budapest, Hungary and Sofia, Bulgaria. So, despite our better judgement (and our general desire to avoid all overnight travel), we took that bus. Two border crossings (the bus traveled through Serbia) meant that sleeping on the bus wasn’t any more successful than sleeping on the train. So basically, nope, we didn’t get much sleep that night.