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If you went for holidays to Sunny Beach, you were likely taken on a day trip to a "traditional" Bulgarian village in the Strandzha. You were probably offered some tourist animation in the form of old women spinning wool and baking banitsa, and then you went for a donkey ride.

That village, deep in the heart of the Strandzha, was declared a national heritage site as early as 1982. It is renowned for its period wooden houses, its interesting church and its balmy climate that is neither too hot nor too cold. It is about 60 km south of Sozopol, and many of its 66 permanent denizens go to spend the winter with their children and grandchildren in the big cities. A hint: in Bulgarian its name means "ivy."

Where in Bulgaria are you?

Email your answers by 15 January to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you can win a weekend for two at the Medite Spa Hotel, Sandanski, where you will experience the ultimate in relaxation and service. The winner will be selected in a draw. Conditions apply. Winners of competitions produced by Vagabond, Bulgaria's English Monthly, are selected in a draw. The decisions are final and correspondence will not be entered into. Prizes may be collected in person at the editorial offices in Sofia or shipped anywhere in Bulgaria postage-free. Postal charges will apply for shipments abroad. For customs reasons we are unable to ship alcoholic beverages abroad. Any customs or other duties levied on shipments abroad will be the responsibility of the addressee. Prize winners will be interviewed and featured in the magazine, unless they have specifically indicated otherwise.

Alessandro Panzeri is the winner of our Where in Bulgaria Are You? quiz this month. Alessandro is from Milan and has been working in Sofia since 2008 as a team leader in IBM. He has a Bulgarian family and a son. One of the first things he saw in Bulgaria is NDK – from his plane when he arrived, and he rather likes the building and the park around it.

Vagabond is the only press Alessandro reads in Sofia. His favourite articles are about "old and new generation in Bulgaria, the differences between before and after 1989 or about the history of the country, religions and people."

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