Bulgaria Journals

A Week in Eastern Bulgaria

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A travel journal to Bulgaria by TianjinPaul

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Madaara Caves

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Attraction | "Beautiful and Green"

Madaara Caves Photo, Shumen, Bulgaria
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During my week in Bulgaria I stayed in and around the city of Shumen, which is located in the east of the country about an hour from the Black Sea. It is famous because t is located close to the ancient capitals of Pliska and Preslav and because it is close to Madaara, a small town made famous by a picture of a horseman carved out of the side of a mountain. The horseman has grown to become a symbol of modern Bulgaria. Because the carving is so well-known, we saw it everywhere. It was used as a logo for restaurants, it was on almost every road sign and all the tourist brochures had it in pride of place. However, when we visited Madaara it was not the horseman that impressed me.It was almost...Read More

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Madaara Caves

Shumen, Bulgaria

Riding Buses in Bulgaria

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Ever since I began a life that involved large amounts of travelling and living in foreign countries, I have been fascinated not by the big things that a country has to offer, but by the minutiae of everyday life. This is not to say that I am not interested in grand sights like the Pyramids or The Great Wall, I most certainly am, but I also found the 'mundane' details of everyday life in other countries tremendously fascinating. To employ a tortuously clichéd analogy, I love the detailed strokes of the travellers brush as well as the sweeping colours of a country's canvas. This was the explanation I gave to my girlfriend when she asked me why I was so excited to be taking a bus in Bulgaria. In itself, ...Read More

First Impressions of Bulgaria

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I arrived in Bulgaria, after travelling through the suburbs of Bucharest and the Romanian countryside. This journey featured quite a bit of beautiful countryside, but also its fair share of shacks, dilapidated apartments and stray dogs. The Romanian side of the border was also rather unpleasant. The buildings were collapsing, the concrete was overgrown with weeds and there were stray dogs everywhere. All this, combined with the fact that I was heading to Bulgaria to see my girlfriend's home country, meant that I was always probably going to be more impressed with the Bulgarian side of things than with Romania. However, my pre-conceptions notwithstanding, my initial impressions of Bulgaria were very po...Read More

Shopper's Paradise

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For four years, between 2006 and 2010, I lived in China. I enjoyed my stay in the Middle Kingdom immensely. There were innumerable reasons as to why I loved it so much. There was the fantastic history and culture that seemed to be on show at almost every turn. There was the unbelievable growth that you could, quite literally, see taking place around. There was also, of course, the food. I ate so many wonderful and unusual things there. These were some of the major reasons I loved China. However, there was also. One other that played a major role in my love of the country: the cost of living. It was possible to live like a king on a relatively modest outlay.There are countless examples that...Read More

Pliska National Archaeological Reserve

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Attraction | "Birth of a Nation"

Pliska National Archaeological Reserve Photo, Shumen, Bulgaria
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Before I visited Bulgaria, I was pretty well versed on the country's more recent history such as being part of the Ottoman empire, its involvement in WWII and the Communist era. However, I knew little of the deeper past. I was surprised to learn that it is surprisingly rich. It began in the sixth and seventh centuries as Bulgar tribes began to unite in the areas around the Black Sea in the areas south of the Danube, where the eastern part of present-day Bulgaria is situated. In 680, under the leadership of Khan Asperu, the Bulgars defeated the Byzantine's and the first Bulgarian state was officially formed with its capital in Pliska.Pliska itself has something of a dramatic history and pla...Read More

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Pliska National Archaeological Reserve

Shumen, Bulgaria