By spending three extra days in Varna
, my schedule was thrown a bit off wack and I had three days to travel three countries if I was going to meet my friend in Croatia on time. I had sorted out a plan of action and had planned to catch a bus to Skopje and then an overnight bus to Dubrovnik, Croatia. As I was at the the Varna Bus station, a transport hub that led much to be desired, I was confronted with a new dilemma. I was taking money out of the local ATM machine to pay for a bus ticket when the machine confiscated my card. I was shocked to say the least, I had been having problems with my card, but had thought that I sorted it all out with the bank the other day on the phone and was assured that everything was fine.
So needless to say I was a bit shocked, furious, angry and every other emotion you can think of when you are confronted with being in a foreign country with only a couple of US dollars and a couple of Euros to get you across three countries. I spent the next couple of hours arguing with my bank on my international cell phone. After two days and two countries, they were finally able to sort it out and wire me some money. Those two days were the most stressfull I have had on this entire journey and made me realize that sometimes you just have to let go and believe that everything will work out in time. It all sorted itself, but you can trust my bank will be getting a nasty complaint letter from me, since the entire fiasco was due their own incompetence.
Because of the card fiasco, my time in Sofia
was a bit overshadowed. I did only have about 24 hours there and felt that I only scratched the surface. Other travelers had said mixed things about Sofia, some had thought it left much to be desired and others loved it. I felt a connection to it and believed that if I had more time it would be a fun place to discover and dig deeper into. Unfortunately, I had to catch a bus to Skopje Macedonia where I would catch a connecting flight to Dubrovnick to meet my friend. The overnight bus I had planned to take only left on even days......weird....but so it goes with traveling.