I'm on the early September departure -- only one month away! If you went on one of the earlier departures, I've got some questions for you.
Was there a good place around midpoint in the tour for doing laundry?
Did you find a good map of Sofia? The only ones I can find with any amount of detail have all of Bulgaria, and I don't want that. Or maybe you were fine without a map?
I'm trying to learn the polite Bulgarian words, but it's difficult. Did you use mainly English, and was that okay?
Did you find the walking/climbing parts of the tour to be more strenuous than you expected?
I know women must cover their heads in mosques. To what extent? I.e., just top of head, only face showing, etc.
Did you drink the water? (Lonely Planet says it's fine but smells funny, then advises only using bottled water.)
The electrical adapter that you've used in other European countries (e.g., France, Italy), did it work in Bulgaria? There's a drawing of the correct adapter in Lonely Planet, but quite frankly it's confusing me.
Did you find Bulgaria to be affordable? Or, in spite of the favorable exchange rate, is it actually a pretty expensive place?
Thanks for taking the time to answer any questions you can.