For the first time in my life, I felt so alien because I was literally the only Filipina that everyone knew of in Sofia. I know that Filipinos are everywhere. It is a long standing running joke that’s actually a proven truth. There literally are Filipinos everywhere. Yet somehow, I, and the people I knew in Bulgaria, didn’t know of any other Filipino! It was quite a strange thing, but it also forced me to get out of my comfort zone. I had no other Pinoy to rely on when I suddenly miss my Tagalog or my homeland. Completely immersed in alien territory, these are the social life and times of a lone Filipina in Sofia. Light disclaimer: These are only a few pictures cause my laptop broke and I haven’t salvaged all my files yet. That and also cause the most epic ones are the pictures I swore I’d never post. HAHAHA.
1.) Camaraderie and Friendship over the best thing ever— FOOD
Meeting up and hanging out over stuffing our faces with the best that Bulgarian has to offer—at both pocket friendly and splurging prices. There are also times where we get to enjoy food home cooked like French breakfast with Marie, the Luna twins and our French neighbour Baptiste with their Vietnamese-Bulgarian classmate, Hai. Or being cooked a traditional Bulgarian meal by Bulgarian mothers of friends. Basically the top way of socializing is heading out and grabbing some yummy grub. And by God, there are so much yummy grub to choose from that will no doubt end up with a fluffier you. All worth it though. Haha.
2.) Dorm Parties and Random Room and Home Invasions!
Living in the student city, where there are blocks and buildings all filled with only students can only mean one thing— the place is one giant party. Haha. It’s so easy to jump from room to room, dorm to dorm, (and in special cases home to home when it’s outside Studenski Grad) and invade the private spaces of your favourite friends. I love nights like these because it can go anywhere from chill to “holy crap, we’re going wild tonight” at any given time. Haha. That and it’s so easy to just head out the block, walk a few minutes and find yourself at the nearest bar/restaurant/food stall.
3.) Working Out, Nature Excursions and Getting Lost In The City
Being—or rather trying to be healthy can be such a bitch when you just want to have fun. I am grateful for being surrounded by people that forced me to have to be active. Haha. :)) I’ve got morning/afternoon runs with friends and roomies, long walks with newfound friends, unlimited dance classes with Nora and Silviya at city center, endless explorations around the very pretty city center and random nature excursions with Erasmus people. There were more active things I’m pretty sure, but these pictures will have to suffice for now. On a side note: All the active things I did still did not save me from gaining in pounds all the horrific amounts of food that I ate. Sorry not sorry. Bulgarian food is much too good to resist.
4.) Drinks and Dancing at Night
The usual. Partying. I love that the night life in Bulgaria didn’t mean that you have to go out all decked up in pretty make up and dressed to kill from head to toe. Those get-ups are meant for Chalga clubs. (WOO CHALGA!!! Hahahaha) It was so refreshing to learn that you can totally wild out on a fun night in just your basic sweater, jeans and shoes! You can even come with messy don’t care hair with barely there make up! The craziest nights however, definitely belong to AIESEC parties and Erasmus parties. International wilding out is really something else. Haha.
5.) Spread the Jeje Love
To educate the non-Filipino reader of this post, JEJE is akin to RATCHET and GHETTO. Haha. My closest friends and I have this weird affinity to it. Being jej is a no-no in Filipino society, but that just makes it all the more fun to make fun of. And besides, it was really funny to spread the jeje love to international friends who pretty much finds the JEJE movement funny and amusing. Hahahaha. SPREAD THAT JEJE LOVE!!!!!!
Even until now, I think about these people everyday and the fun times that we had. My roomie Adria and I always talk and reminisce about our time in Bulgaria. She’s the one I spent the most time with after all. It’s just so sad to have realized all those months ago that it will never ever be the same. Even if we go back and visit our Bulgarian friends, it will never feel like the way it did the first time. Silver lining? I’m so happy that I am still in contact with a lot of them, or that they’re only a WiFi away. These people were the reason why my stay in Bulgaria was THE BEST. I love you guys!! :( I miss you everyday and I will see you soonest! :)
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Click HERE to read about my sentiments as a whole on looking back on this amazing experience.
Read on to find out about my Bulgarian experience on these posts:
“WORKING IN BULGARIA” POST SERIES:
- How I Got This Amazing Opportunity
- Flying In And Spending My First Night In Plovdiv
- Of First Impressions And Filipino Misconceptions
- My First Two Weeks in Sofia Was Like A Personal Hell
- My Jobs In Sofia, Bulgaria
- Life And Times With Friends From Different Places
- The 30 People Who Made My Experience Magical For Me
- Looking Back, A Year Later