It’s impossible to read instructions, understand directions, or say no and mean it in Sofia, but this city is so cheap the confusion is worth it.

Being a bit of a free spirit, my decision to travel to the capital of Bulgaria was made on a whim. It was the country my finger landed on during a game of spin the globe in 2008.

Falling alseep on the Black Sea feels like a dream. I loved strolling around the city with a box of raspberries in one hand and my camera in the other. With impressive parks, an infinite number of outdoor cafes, and architectural wonder, it’s hard to believe Bulgaria is one of Europe’s poorest country’s. Precisely why you can live like a queen here on your measly Canadian income.

Here is what your basic items will cost in Sofia (2015)

  • Apartment (1 bedroom) $318.03
  • Dinner out (1 person) $6.25
  • Loaf of Fresh White Bread $0.68
  • Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) $5.30
  • Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) $3.82
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) $0.76
  • Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) $1.89
  • Cappuccino (regular) $1.42
  • Massage (1 hour) $33.33
  • Water (0.33 liter bottle) $0.72
  • Milk (1 liter) $1.41

I lived high on the hog in Bulgaria for six months. I am a writer. Do the math. Book a flight and keep me posted on Twitter @bettyscoop.