sofia is intersting - it is pocket sized, you can walk across it easily. prices are very cheap. their used to be a lot of metal work there under the nazis and then the communists, so you can get a lot of interesting antiques- knives, cane swords, lighters, fountain pens, flasks etc. food is very cheap, with a couple of good bulgarian resteraunts (think austrian with a rusian and italian influence - caviar, venison, mutton) and a few good italian and chinese places. good cheap wine, pirated english books, cds,, dvds and fake watches. the archetecture is very nice, but on a small scale compared to the other capitals. the coolest spot in town is the ex-soviet wwii monument, with a huge communist soldier and his old fashined machine pistol hugging a peasant woman and a mechanic - it has been turned into a skateboard park with newly capitalistic kids skating over the old stalinist stuff. oh, very very sexy women, and every taxi driver in the city can get you laid, if you are into that sort of thing. I only started going to Sofia after I got married and so I missed out on all that. and some very cool strip clubs. Bucharest - very beutiful city, in terms of archetecture. it was a very rich city before wwii, so all the cool stuff is from that era. also a lot of very impressive communist stuff. the downside is that the roads are in horrible shape and most of the buildings are poorly maintained. good deals in furs, wooden stuff, great cheap wines, very cheap good food and drink and gorgeous women, all of whom seem to be available for the price of dinner. at the airport you see a very common sight of geeky middle aged men saying good bye to gorgeous blond tall women who were their "girlfriends" while they were in town. the clubs that I went to were very good, and you have a lot of pretty women to dance with (aside from the prostitutes). you also have wierd stuff like clubs where they bring a rolling table to you with a naked woman covered in fruit salad and whipped cream and you eat the whiped cream off or a club that specializes in proctal massages. neither are as nice as budapest or prague, but you can spend a weekend in either without seeing a tourist.