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Visiting Bulgaria

Sofia, the capital and thriving hub of Bulgaria, blends Old World relics with Eastern European modernity. Mount Vitosha crowns the countryside beyond, overlooking scattered monasteries and the famed Thracian tombs of Kazanluk and Sveshtari, just two of the country’s nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sofia, the capital and thriving hub of Bulgaria, blends Old World relics with Eastern European modernity. Mount Vitosha crowns the countryside beyond, overlooking scattered monasteries and the famed Thracian tombs of Kazanluk and Sveshtari, just two of the country’s nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites.    Close

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Town and Country: Communist Architecture in Bulgaria

Written by TianjinPaul on 25 Nov, 2012

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…Read More


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Pleasant Surprise

Written by TianjinPaul on 25 Nov, 2012

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…Read More


A Night Out in Shumen

Written by TianjinPaul on 25 Nov, 2012

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…Read More


A Day at the Beach in Varna

Written by TianjinPaul on 25 Nov, 2012

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…Read More


A Night on the Tiles in Varna

Written by TianjinPaul on 24 Nov, 2012

There are so many angles from which I could write and article about a night out in Varna that for a good while I was stumped as to how I should approach it. However, after much consideration I figured that I should list all the…Read More


Riding Buses in Bulgaria

Written by TianjinPaul on 24 Nov, 2012

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…Read More


First Impressions of Bulgaria

Written by TianjinPaul on 24 Nov, 2012

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…Read More


Shopper's Paradise

Written by TianjinPaul on 24 Nov, 2012

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…Read More


Bayram

Written by TianjinPaul on 10 Oct, 2012

From January until August 2010, I lived in Turkey. I had made the decision to relocate there from China based on a job opportunity that came up. I had loved my four years in China, so it was a heart-wrenching decision for me to leave.…Read More


Turkey in Bulgaria

Written by TianjinPaul on 10 Oct, 2012

When the epic events of 1989 that were witnessed in Eastern Europe are discussed Bulgaria always seems to fall below the radar. This can probably be attributed to a combination of reasons. The first is that it was one of the last countries to actually…Read More


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