|Irena the Elf meets another Microwave Woman|
In Bulgaria, the EU has done a lot of good things: discouraging corruption, stimulating the economy and providing funding for new infrastructure projects. It is mostly thanks to the EU that the Sofia Metro (MTR) system is really good. Before Bulgaria joined the EU, the MTR system was much smaller and a lot more antequated. Not surprisingly, there is even a metro station called "European Union".
|Inside the Vitosha MTR station|
Although you can buy a ticket at the cash desk, usually I buy my ticket from a vending machine and the price is 1.60 leva. That is nearly a euro. This is a good deal if you are going to be travelling from one side of Sofia to the other, but it is a rip-off if you are only going one or two stops. When you have bought your ticket, you go to the barrier and insert it. The sensor at the barrier scans your ticket and opens the barrier.
|Not quite what Trump wants on the Mexican border.|
Unlike the metros in Shenzhen, the MTR platforms in Sofia do not have glass screens that only open when the train has stopped. Instead, there is just a yellow line and you are not meant to stand any closer to the edge of the platform.
|She's got a ticket to ride...|
And if the public transport in Sofia does not get you moving, we saw these on sale in the Ladies' Market. I am sure that they will get you going, no problem.
|No, they are not lumps of coal.|