Diet Soda by Default
Nova Zagora, Bulgaria
I'll be the first to tell you that I enjoy a caffeinated, carbonated soda every now and again. A few days got past and I get the desire to drink something other than tap water or tea, and it's usually Coke Zero or some other inexpensive regional variety of anonymous pop that I turn to for a refreshing change.
One of the biggest bonuses about this part of Eastern Europe has been the sheer number of 'diet' (near zero calorie) soft drinks. In places like SE Asia and Latin America, diet soda can sometimes be very hard (or completely impossible) to come by. But here in Bulgaria, sugar is so expensive that most drinks are using a sugar-free alternative by default. You actually have to look hard in an aisle full of pop to find a regional soda that isn't what I'd consider a 'diet' (or 'light') soft drink.
Very refreshing indeed.