Five Tips to German Tourists in Bulgaria
Bulgaria is among the favorite summer destinations of the Germans. What should German tourists who visit this country know in advance? In their article, "Sueddeutsche Zeitung", published several advises under the title "On a holiday in Bulgaria: Why not?" Deutsche Welle offers the main points in the publication.
If case you were offered home made Rakia (traditional Bulgarian brandy) ...
Many drivers are tempted to have several drinks before seating behind the wheel. They think they know what amount of alcohol is equal to the permissible 0.5 per mille. "But proceed with caution," warns the German newspaper: "If you have drunk Bulgarian homemade Rakia, your plan may turn out to be bad idea."
When the Bulgarians shake their heads ...
When a person is on holiday in a country whose language they do not speak, they often have to use mimics and gestures. In most places around the world, nods signify consent and confirmation, and shaking their heads - disagreement. But not in Bulgaria, "Sueddeutsche Zeitung" writes: "When the Bulgarians disagree, they nod. When they agree, they shake their head excitedly. So nod only as a sign of disagreement!
Do not leave anything in the car, especially money!
"The growing crime in recent years has caused growing concern among many Bulgarians. There are rumors about the presence of Russian and Turkish mafia. While there is no room for panic, it must still be known that Bulgaria is no longer as safe as it was, "says Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the publication advising tourists to bring the valuables with themselves and to leave them only in guarded car parks, target are mobile phones, and ladies' bags in their cars, as well as not showing unnecessarily that they carry large amounts of cash in their hands.
Do not be fooled by such suggestions!
"To exchange currency on the streets of Bulgarian cities is not worth it, and it is illegal. Though less often than before, but there are still crooks who offer tourists exchange at rates that are more profitable than the official one. Do not fool yourself with such suggestions because there are a lot of counterfeit banknotes in Bulgaria, "says Sueddeutsche Zeitung. The publication advises German tourists to show suspicion when someone offers them to change a larger banknote with smaller ones. The newspaper also recommends not to use the exchange bureaus because in many of them the rate is unprofitable, go to a bank or to withdraw money from an ATM.
Watch your feet!
Walking in the dark is extremely dangerous. But not so much because of the pickpockets, but because of the holes in the street pavement and sidewalks, says the German edition and recommends that German tourists bring pocket flashlights.
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