"Every time there is a fecal spillout, my heart bleeds."
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov
Democracy in the sense of getting citizens popularly elected to public office has never been easy in Bulgaria's quarter of a century of the experience, but it turned nearly lethal on the day following the local elections at the end of October. The Armeets Sports Hall, inaugurated with much fanfare by no one lesser than the sitting prime minister, Boyko Borisov, and hailed as the largest in Sofia, turned out to be quite comfy for a game of basketball to be watched by 12,000, but miserably not enough for about 5,000 officials who were supposed to bring in the ballots they had counted in their constituencies to what in Bulgaria is known as the Central Election Committee.
This is a church, half-submerged in water – the only material remnant of the village it belonged before it was annihilated to make room for a water reservoir in the 1950s.
Spa, balneology, wellness: there is hardly more pleasant way to improve your health, erase stress and restore your beauty. What a luck, then, that you are in Bulgaria! The country is blessed with over 800 mineral springs in over 240 locations, with healing muds deposits, and with favourable climate. And, what is even better: thanks to the range of cosy specialised resorts, hospitals and hotels, you can easily enjoy the benefits of Bulgaria's priceless natural resources.