GES143 - Eastern Europe Mini-explores (Sofia Culvert, Novi Sad office block at crossroads)
Recession and money flow problems in the banking sector are a nightmare for building firms and projects, but for explorers they are merely another place to explore. In Novi Sad there was an abandoned building project sat at a crossroads near our hostel. It was a very quick and non-inspiring explore, but it was good for a quick fix. GE099 opted out, and chose a trip to the hostel bar instead. A left open gate and nip in front of camera, and it was an easy entry, up the darkened stairs lit dimly by the street lights outside. I was hoping for some interesting light trails, but the site wasn't high enough really.
I had a bit of better luck the other way, but nothing remarkable.
One of the windows provided a nice silhouette, but seeing the place lacked any potential, I packed up and joined GE099 in the hostel bar.
While in Sofia, one of the things GE099 wanted to check out was a culvert that ran under the heart of the city. When he said it was for the main river, I was thinking this will be pretty amazing. What I didn't know is that Sofia doesn't really have a river, more a stream passing through it. Rather odd for a capital city not to have a river passing through it. The 'River' in question doesn't even appear on google maps it's that small. However it provides a place for graffii artists to work their stuff. GE099 below at the start of the culvert.
A lowering of the flow.
GE099 near the end, where the water filled out across the culvert, making further progress a wet experience. We could see the infall ahead of us, so made little sense to continue. So we walked the 200m or so back.
Another short and sweet explore, never likely to win explore of the century.