Street kiosks sell envelopes (plika) and
sometimes stamps (marki), although the latter are often only sold at post
offices, usually open MonSat 8.30am7.30pm. The main Poshta will have
a poste restante, but postal officers tend to return mail to sender if
not claimed immediately.
Coin-operated public telephones (which accept 5 stotinki coins) rarely work,
and its usually better to use one of the card phones operated by Betkom or Bulfon
Betkom are marginally more reliable. Phonecards (fonokarta) for
both systems are available from post offices and some street kiosks and shops.
For international calls, its easier to go to a post office or telephone exchange.
The operator number for domestic calls is 121, for international calls
Internet cafes are beginning to appear in the cities, with Plovdiv leading
the way, but access is still scanty in the smaller towns. Costs are variable
but usually very reasonable.
Bulgarians shake their heads when they mean yes and nod when they mean no.
Sometimes they reverse these gestures if they know theyre speaking to foreigners,
thereby complicating the issue further. Emphatic use of the words da (yes)
and ne (no) should be enough to avoid misunderstandings.