Day -1 saw the first of the happy band of SCIJ-ers arrive at Sofia airport to be collected by our Bulgarian colleagues and swept away to the Hotel Niky in the city centre
Well located the early arrivers took various options ranging from getting some rest to setting off on a marathon walking tour of the Bulgarian capital
The Danish team clocked up the most miles but denied allegations that they were simply lost!
The evening brought the opportunity to sample the delights available on Vitosha Boulevard.
Restaurants were located and quality food and wine sampled.
Waking next day to a dusting of snow breakfast was consumed and buses located allowing SCIJ 2018 to properly begin
With #SCIJPamporovo getting underway national teams from across the world converged on the Hotel Trimontium in the soon to be European Capital of Culture.
With firm handshakes, hugs, greetings and warm welcomes the trip had properly begun.
The 4* hotel offered comfortable rooms and a great base to explore the historic city. Walking tours were available for the first to arrive and again the next day for later arrivals.
Plovdiv is said to be one of the oldest cities in Europe with many cultures leaving their mark. The influence of Roman occupation is visible everywhere with spectacular remains available to visit.
At the appointed hour the National SCIJ teams gathered outside Trimontium Hotel for the National flag procession from Central Square to the Ancient Roman Stadium in the heart of Plovdiv.
The ancient stadium of Philippopolis was built in the beginning of the II century A.D. during the reign of Emperor Hadrian and became the venue for our opening ceremony.
Speeches followed from local dignitaries along with words from our own representatives both local organisers and SCIJ president Fred Wallace.
Making the best of the impressive location photographs were taken before the everyone made their way to the Monroe, a local restaurant, for dinner.