When Jodie told her coworkers where we had been on Sunday, they laughed. "There's nothing to do in the town of Pernik," they said. And they were quite right.

Pernik is a small town just south of Sofia. It was once a coal-mining industrial town, but now that industry has shut down and all the factories we saw were abandoned. Still, it was an opportunity for us to join our friends Sima and Shlomo for a short trip into unknown territory. We walked around the town center, made a few stops in the shops, and had a nice lunch.

Interesting government building.

Shlomo inspects a Vespa.

Town highlight, the Palace of Culture.

Sima and Jodie fight the drizzle.

Ellis gets comfortable.


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