Monthly Archives: December 2012

Baby it’s cold outside…

In a previous post, I derided the skanky flip flops that Bulgarians like to give you when you enter their homes. But to be fair, some form of footwear is normally necessary, because it’s cold in Bulgaria. And fuel bills are … Continue reading

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It’s a problem free filo-sophy

Ok, I realise that this blog is starting to look like some kind of shrine to pastries, but please allow me just one more post about banitsas? It’s just that I made my parents one tonight and then remembered that … Continue reading

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Wherefore art thou?

People in Sofia are a creative bunch. Street art is one of the ways in which they express their creativity – most notoriously when the bronze figures on the Soviet monument were painted to look like various US pop culture … Continue reading

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Vesela koleda!

Happy Christmas or Весела Коледа to you all! I wasn’t in Bulgaria for Christmas but I am told that traditionally Bulgarians celebrate Christmas by: – Doing a ‘fast’ or пости for 40 days before Christmas, during which a vegan diet … Continue reading

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The end of the world as I know it

Well, if the Mayans are to be believed, the world is going to end today. If so, I’ll be quite annoyed as I’ve just spent quite a lot of time and money doing my last-minute Christmas shopping. But I’ve been … Continue reading

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4 ways to identify whether you’re in a Bulgarian home

I recently asked a group of schoolchildren to identify the differences between the UK and Bulgaria. They came up with some gems like ‘we have more garlic in Bulgaria’ and ‘in the UK, if you go to someone’s house, you … Continue reading

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Пуш-и офф?

When we arrived in Sofia in May, one of the first things we noticed was that unlike in the UK, there was no ban on smoking in public places in Bulgaria. The boys I lived with were delighted. I was appalled … Continue reading

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