What NOT To Do in Sofia
1. Don’t… go to ‘chalga’ night clubs.
What started as a music genre somehow turned into tipsy people bellydancing, throwing napkins and cheering on half-naked female singers. Why some chalga fans spend their hard-earned levs for napkins to throw in the air is a mystery.
The current national record is nearly 1000 euro spent on napkins for one night, compared to the average salary in the capital which is 500 euro per month. Chalga promotes superficial looks and behavior — women must have big or silicon boobs and lips and wear lots of makeup and scarce clothing to attract rich macho men. Bulgaria is one of the poorest European countries, but this painful truth is completely ignored in the world of chalga. In its videoclips, everybody owns a mansion, drives a luxurious sports car and drinks expensive champagne.