Not all ruins are created equal. Regarded as pinnacles of human imagination and dexterity, ancient sites such as the Parthenon, the Great Wall and Stonehenge get scores of tourists and are a source of pride for their home countries. Abandoned modern housing projects, hospitals and factories, however, are perceived as eyesores and as signs of bad planning, bad economic or political luck, a tragedy even. They are not the things a tourist authority includes in its promotional materials.

Published in High Beam
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 07:52

STARA PLANINA'S FLYING SAUCER

Communist-era hilltop monument sits in windswept dereliction

Published in High Beam
Monday, 04 June 2018 14:02

DIMITROVGRAD BEYOND CHALGA

Bulgaria's largest open air bazaar brings life to textbook example of Stalinist architecture

Published in High Beam
Friday, 04 May 2018 13:22

MYSTERY PEAK

Was half-human Egyptian Goddess 'buried' in Strandzha?

Published in High Beam
Friday, 04 May 2018 13:04

CARS OF COMMUNISM

Still braving Bulgaria's roads

Published in High Beam
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 13:54

BULGARIA'S PARTIZANI MONUMENTS

When you travel around Bulgaria, from the capital to the smallest of villages, you will inevitably encounter monuments of stern men and sometimes women, with guns in their hands and passion in their eyes. Made of stone or bronze, these monuments adorn squares and streets, peek over the trees by roads, and form whole, often overgrown compounds.

Published in High Beam
Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:24

FROM UTOPIA TO DYSTOPIA

Smolyan is one of Bulgaria's best examples for Communist urbanism, and what became of it post-1989

Published in High Beam

When you go to Tirana, you do not seek stunning architecture or rich history. You go for the curiosity factor. Albania and its capital are shrouded in the atmosphere of a little-known, little-visited, isolated and poor country haunted by the memories of Europe's last dictatorship.

Published in Foreign Travel
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 14:24

CREATORS OF THE BULGARIAN STATE

Built under Communism, this larger than life monument in Shumen continues to awe

Published in High Beam
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 13:18

¿HAVANA, SI?

Communism in Cuba dies with a whimper, not with a bang

Published in Foreign Travel
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Society

TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE

TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE

An excerpt from Shadow Journey: A Guide to Elizabeth Kostova's Bulgaria and Eastern Europe

Vagabond Interviews

ALEKSANDAR HANGIMANA: THE ART OF FINDING…

ALEKSANDAR HANGIMANA: THE ART OF FINDING TALENTS

The Managing Director of ManpowerGroup Bulgaria on the smart ways to make the best of the current labour market

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