Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
14Trip End Sep 12, 2012
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- 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 EuropeRomania 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.
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
- 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 municipality, Burgas 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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