Alan managed to get us a private guided tour through a charcoal mine of Pernik, although the people did not speak any English or German.
Apparently, there were 150-200 horses working and living in the mine.
We still understood different gadgets used for mining and building tunnels throughout the time and the danger of too much methane under ground. In the beginning, birds were used as an indicator.
Since we hadn’t paid for any tickets, we “paid” our guide with Macedonian candy. He had out so much effort in the explanations, including the translation of „.Thank you!“：Blagodarya!
We wasted a lot of time in the capital Sofia> getting through the traffic, walking to the tourist office, trying to visit some historic sights. But in the end, we didn‘t feel like walking all over the city. So we got back to the car without having seen much more than big streets, cars, and shops =o/