The name, Rachenitsa, may be too difficult for a foreigner to remember or pronounce, but you have probably seen it as a crude copy on the wall of a traditional restaurant, as a reproduction or a souvenir, or in the…
What first attracts your attention in a Bulgarian Revival Period church? The architecture? The silver-haloed icons of the Virgin Mary? The elaborate carvings of the icon doors? These may all be astonishing, but have you noticed the river of fire,…
Teenage poet who committed suicide on 4 Dec1979, aged 17, still regarded as icon by students across former East bloc
One of the greatest problems a visitor to Bulgaria faces is what to bring home as a souvenir. On the surface, one is spoilt for choice. The tiny streets of traditional towns like Nesebar, the stalls at folklore festivals and…
Ask any Bulgarian how their recent family gathering went and the answer will probably sound something like this: "A disaster. My badzhanak got into an argument with my tashta, my strinka showed up with her annoying vuyna, then my shurey…
Surprising for a country that is proud of its 1,300-year history, just a few tombs of its grand kings have been identified with certainty.Bulgaria has not changed its name since its founding in 681, as if the 200-year Byzantine and…
In most European countries, licensing cars is a pretty straightforward business. Number plates usually reflect the year of the first registration, or the province where the car's owner resides, or sometimes they give out nothing at all except a unique…
If you don't understand or speak any Bulgarian, don't read on. However, if you intend to settle down in this country, or want to show your appreciation for Bulgarian culture or your loved one's in-laws, you are probably taking Bulgarian…
"Idolaters! You are not true Eastern Orthodox Christians," the monk at St Spas monastery near Yambol scolded us while he was locking the gate of the supposedly miraculous cave spring his abode is famed for. Our sin? We had not…
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BORDER: A JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF EUROPE

BORDER: A JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF EUROPE

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EUROPE DAY VS. DAY OF VICTORY

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If you think that 14 February is the high point of the Bulgarians' ability to squeeze culturally different feasts into a single day, think again.

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