This is a post about an 11km walk from Sofia to Republika. I have made the decision that I want to walk through Serbia.
I knew it was going to be a short walk, but I didn’t know how difficult it was going to be. Big cities were often difficult to navigate on foot, especially with the Caboose, and coming into Sofia hadn’t been easy. I was especially worried about the ring road, which was a proper multilane highway that surrounded the city.
on to Serbia
At least I had come to a decision about the direction, though: I wanted to walk west, towards the border with Serbia, and then on to Niš, the place where Motherfucking Boss Level Emperor Constantine had been born. Yes, that’s how I referred to him internally: MFBLEC.
The road was normal at first. It even had a sidewalk that I could walk on. Then it merged with one of the big avenues, and I struggled a bit with the stress of the noise and the pollution.
When I noticed a park to my left I went in. There were some ruined buildings and an old pavilion that looked like remnants from Communism. I sat down and had lunch, watching a squirrel bouncing around between the trees. The squirrel didn’t care about the ways of the world. It bounced and it bounced. It was timeless.
I liked the park, and so I decided to try my luck with a detour through it. This way I would have more of the green trees to enjoy, and I would hopefully get to a road that was less busy than the one I had been on.
the bad road
As it turned out, the road that I ended up on was horrible. It didn’t seem less busy than the one before, but its sidewalk was worse, and sometimes it didn’t even have one. I squeezed by a giant shopping center that everyone needed to get to right then, regretting that I hadn’t just stayed in the park with the squirrel.
The walk from Sofia to Republika: