I'll be with a group going to Koprivshtitsa festival this August. I'm thinking of getting to Sofia a day or two early and/or staying a day or two late. I'm going to ask the Sofia people I met 4 years ago if they want to meet up at some point and figure being around a few more days gives more chance they can.
When I'm not out for a drink w/ someone I know, what else is there in Sofia that I should check out?
Is the archaeology museum open for public? (it wasn't when I was there before). Are the mineral baths open? As in you can soak there or just for looking?
Other people were telling me of a fountain with drinkable water that I didn't see before. I think it's supposed to be near the baths/mosque area perhaps on the other side?
I know there's the ethnology museum and I'll check by the women selling stuff and flea market by the Cathedral... I take it the Jenski pazar is a different market? In which case I haven't been there yet. I'm not usually a shopper when I travel, but last time I was in Bulgaria I shopped a bit more that I usually would. Any resources to learn more about the embroidery?
Besides the obvious interest in traditional culture - music and dance, I'm interested in science, nature, how people live and adapt to changes (Bg has a lot of changes!), and I love Bulgarian food! I read cyrillic, studied Russian long ago and remember a little, will be learning some Bulgarian but obviously won't be fluent.
I'll stay at one of the central hostels. Any suggestions on what else I can do while I'm in Sofia? Would 2 days before and 2 days after being with the group be fun or too much?