Why Bulgaria??

Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
Trip End Sep 12, 2012

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Vega Village Sveti Vlas
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Flag of Bulgaria  , Burgas,
Friday, July 13, 2012

"Why Bulgaria?" is the most common question we get asked (other than James asking “when we are eating again?”) Bulgaria is a country lead by the body guard of the last Bulgarian Communist leaders and has major ties to the Mafia. My decision to visit Bulgaria was because of our second eldest daughter's name Sophia – The Capital of Bulgaria is Sofia!  So logically we should go there – right?

-         Full name: Republic of Bulgaria

         Population: 7.5 million (UN, 2010)

         Capital: Sofia

         Area: 110,994 sq km (42,855 sq miles)

         Major language: Bulgarian

         Major religion: Christianity

         Life expectancy: 70 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)

         Monetary unit: 1 lev = 100 stotinki

         Main exports: Chemicals and plastics, food and drink, tobacco, machine-building equipment

         GNI per capita: US $6,270 (World Bank, 2010)

 Bulgaria i/bʌlˈɡɛəriə/ (Bulgarian: България, IPA: [bɤ̞ɫˈɡarijɐ]) is a country located in Southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south and the Black Sea to the east. With a territory of 110,994 square kilometers (42,855 sq mi), Bulgaria is Europe's 14th-largest country. Its location has made it a historical crossroad for various civilizations and as such it is the home of some of the earliest metalworking, religious and other cultural artifacts in the world.[6][7][8][9]

Sofia, Bulgaria

We arrived at our hotel in Sofia and found our way into bed by 3:30am!  We got an early start at celebrating Janice’s birthday and then missed breakfast as we all slept until after 11am.  We had rented a room large enough for our family on-line and were pleasantly surprised at the 3 bedroom apartment we had in the center of Sofia.

To orientate ourselves in the city we participated with 20 or so other travelers on a 2.5 hour walking tour of the city seeing and learning much about the city and its history.  Our initial impression of the Bulgarian people was that they are 'cold’ and still stuck back in the ‘I don’t care’ socialist era but that is only some.  Once we began to learn and understand the culture and history of Bulgaria things started to make a little more sense.  For example, Bulgaria was still controlled by a centralized socialist government until 1991.  We have experienced complete apathy to wonderful love and hospitality.

Other observations:

-          Pay to pee and for ketchup

-          Our hotel front desk clerk makes $1.41/hour CDN

-          Salary:  150 leve/month (96/month)

-          Times are tough here – many say as the worst since WWII

-          Many people we spoke with said life was better under Communism than now

-          Under Communism everybody had enough but travel was restricted but now under capitalism people are allowed to travel but have not money.

-          Generally speaking, people dress very well and appearance is as important here than anywhere else.

-          We have met people ‘without expression’ and not many smiles or outward laughter.

Sveti Vlas, Bulgaria (pronounced  ‘sweaty ass’)

Note:  After arriving to 40 degrees centigrade the transliteration was a ‘no – brainer!

Sveti Vlas (Bulgarian: Свети Влас, "Saint Blaise", Greek: Larissa, Monasterion) is a town and seaside resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, located in Nesebar municipalityBurgas Province. As of July 2007, it has a population of 3,869.

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We are getting two special visitors this week!!

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JNL on

Hi Amigos and Amigas
You're still smiling and that is a positive sign all is well....beaches look OK but I think i'll stay with Hawaii....Keep the enjoyment level on 10

Allan on

It all looks good. Boys are always hungy, don't you remember Raymond.
Its muggy here in Cottonwood, B.C. We are golfing in Kelowna today.

Adrienne Davies on

What another amazing adventure you are having. Two years ago we travelled as far as Bucharest but did not get down to Bulgaria. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

"CHIEF" on

We could have saved money if the Bulgarians did the roof !!!!

Great Pics, should be sailing sonn I hope it is hot and the lake is warm.


denitsa on

I think you've captured some charactersitics of the life/people here, but if it ever happens to visit the country again I suggest to go to the small historical villages in the centre of Bulgaria - the Rose valley and the Tracian Kings temples, the old capital Veliko Tarnovo, as well as a visit to the ancient city of Plovdiv and Sozopol at the seaside. Sunny Beach is the worst thing that can happen to anyone... Anywaw, I hope you and your family still had a good time there. Greetings from Sofia.

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