Bulgaria Journals

Even more from Eastern Bulgaria

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A travel journal to Bulgaria by TianjinPaul

Shumen Skyline Photo, Bulgaria, Europe More Photos
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Shumen Skyline Photo, Bulgaria, Europe
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During my many travels – the majority of which have been documented in rather excessive detail here on IgoUgo.com – I have lived in two post-Communist countries: China and Mongolia. Certain members of the Central Committee in Beijing may quibble with my use of the prefix 'post', but I think it I am probably on safe ground. I loved both of them for their present-day selves rather than their ideological pasts. I had an absolutely time in both places and truly loved the people in both countries. However, as you may have noticed from many of my other journals, I could never fully quell my interest in their past.I have always found the Communist era to be tremendously interesting. Obviously, th...Read More

Pleasant Surprise

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The Spoils of Success Photo, Bulgaria, Europe
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My girlfriend's family lives in the small rural village of Stoyan Mihailovskiy in Eastern Bulgaria. It is located about 20km from the city of Shumen and about 70km from the major coastal city of Varna. Therefore, on our trip to visit them, we spent quite a bit of time in Shumen, but also wanted to sample the delights of the Black Sea. To do this, we decided to stay in an apartment her uncle owned and rented out to students. As term time had finished it was available and, importantly for us, it was free. However, the last tenants had left it in an appalling state. The floor was dirty, the kitchen ransacked and curtains torn from the walls. Therefore, I declared to my girlfriend that we ought to move on...Read More

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A Night Out in Shumen

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I am no great fan of night-clubs, techno music or dancing until the early hours. I much prefer a nice dinner and drinks with friends or my girlfriend. Perhaps it is an age thing, but in recent years my appetite for deafening music, over-priced drinks and and pulsing lights has decreased considerably from its peak in 1999/2000 when I was 20 years old. Living in the South of France, where good wine and good food abound has also probably hastened this process. However, as my girlfriend and I were on holiday and there was no work to worry about the next day, we thought we may as well enjoy the wonders of a night-out in Shumen.In my time, I have been out in Beijing and Shanghai in China, Busan ...Read More

A Day at the Beach in Varna

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It was a scorchingly hot Wednesday in the Eastern reaches of Bulgaria. My girlfriend and I had spent the previous couple of days at the popular tourist town Golden Sands and had returned to Varna to meet up with her family and spend the afternoon at the beach. I had already discovered the previous day that the Black sea was not in-fact Black and was pretty much the same colour as any other sea – The Yellow Sea and Red Sea included. However, I had the discovered it to be rather nice and very much enjoyed catching some sun as it waves lapped against the sand. Therefore, I was keen to enjoy more.My girlfriend explained to me that we would not go to the central area of Varna because the beach ...Read More

Irish Pub

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Restaurant | "Not at all Irish ... but good"

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Anyone who has read more than a couple of my articles here on IgoUgo will know that I have rather stringent views when it comes to Irish Pubs. To put things succinctly, I love Irish pubs, but I hate 'Irish'. "What is the difference?", I hear you cry. The difference is simple. Irish pubs genuinely Irish whereas 'Irish' pubs can boast merely the appearance of Irishness. For example, an Irish pub should serve Guinness and it should be poured correctly. It should be poured in two parts and left to settle - preferably with a Shamrock poured into the head. If a pub does this, it is on the way to being a genuine Irish pub. However, if it serves Guinness, but the bar staff pour it like lager, it falls short o...Read More

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Irish Pub
67A Simeon Veliki Blvd.
Shumen, Bulgaria