For many years now September, for us, means the end of the summer and back to school. On facebook, we see the pictures of your cute kids showing their most beautiful smile at the beginning of a new school year. We feel a little twinge of nostalgia, but it’s a little bit harder for the boys who are missing their friends back home.
For us this year, September is the official end of our journey in Eastern Europe and the beginning of our experience in the Mediterranean region, where we will stay several weeks in Greece and Italy. As you know, we offer a different type of learning to our boys this year, it’s world schooling. For them, school has already begun and schoolbooks are getting filled slowly bur surely. We already gave a few lessons in each subject and we tip our hats to every school teachers, it’s not as easy as it seems to teach on an every day basis! We are really satisfied with their learning by our visits to historic sites and museums. What a pleasure to hear, on occasion, when they make a relation between what they have before them, and what they saw earlier in their trip! We are also pleased that they were able to get an introduction to the history of Europe, hoping that they will remember what they saw and learned during this trip. Furthermore, as you surely read in our previous posts, they learned a lot about World War II and the impact of this war on the countries we visited. What fascinates Kolya the most, and his favorite topic of conversation these days, is the Communist occupation that followed in most countries we’ve visited. This occupation has left an undeniable mark in the history of these countries, either physically, by the many statues and concrete buildings that were Communist-inspired and still standing today, or sociologically, by this historic resistance to communism, which is paradoxically missed by many today.
We finished our trip in Eastern Europe in Sofia, the capital of the Bulgaria. We had decided to go there because this city seemed beautiful and it was a perfect hub to travel to Greece. Unfortunately, we did not look at the number of family activities to do in the capital. If we had known there were so little, we would have stayed longer in Varna, where the children had so much fun at the beach. We stayed in an another Airbnb that we selected thinking of Hugo, because the beds were in the shape of boats. The apartment was really nice and the boats were very original, but this setup wasn’t very practical. Let’s just say that it was strangely brighter in the apartment at night than during the day. Anyway, the children enjoyed greatly their beds-boats as they played a lot in them. With hindsight, we would recommend you not to stay too long in Sofia for a family trip. We sincerely think you would be able to see all important places in two days.
We brought the boys to a treetop aerial course. We weren’t sure what to expect since the website was only in Bulgarian but we have not been disappointed since the boys really had a blast there. They had so much fun that they asked to go do a second course after they finished their first. We discovered that Hugo was very brave . Despite some obstacles where we wondered if he could reach the rope (because of his height), he managed like a pro.
Sofia is a charming town that we discovered walking. There ara many parks, but not a lot of play structures for youth. We were able to visit some beautiful Orthodox churches such as Aleksander Nevski Church and to walk in pedestrian streets bordered by fancy boutiques. Although we were a bit disappointed by our long stay in Sofia, we took the opportunity to catch up a lot on school work knowing that we would take a small break in Greece and rest.