There are no Jews in this city situated on a major river in Bulgaria, but their synagogue still stands – in a state of abandonment and severe dilapidation.
A day after we meet for the UnBulgarians photo shoot, Zoë Holliday leaves the capital to cycle around Sliven. She is 30 years old, has a degree in philosophy and theology, and worked for eight years in green energy before moving to Sofia.
Two-and-a-half years ago, Mario Montesoro left his native Genoa, where he had a café and was the president of the local association of restaurant owners, and moved to Bulgaria. The 50-year old is now the owner, manager and the sole chef of a small Italian bistro, Pesto, in the Central Sofia.