Category Archives: History

Where there’s smoke…?

There’s never a dull moment in Sofia… this evening on my way home I passed a ВМРО (Bulgarian National Movement) march going down Dondukov Boulevard. To be honest, I didn’t really know what was going on. I did know it … Continue reading

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Hot drinks and warm feelings

A few years ago I had the misfortune of living with Creepy J. He was creepy in 2 senses of the word. One night, I woke up in the middle of the night to find that a) he had creeped … Continue reading

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A singular issue

This weekend I went to the Black Sea with my friend Q. We had a lovely time, despite the fact that there were record temperatures and I am now severely burnt. Q is female, but depending on who was interested/available … Continue reading

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Reaction time

I got lost on the way home last night. Cycling down a road that I’d not seen before, I passed a restaurant called ‘Villa Park: Balkan Mix Grill.’ Given that I’m in Bulgaria and Aston Villa are based in England … Continue reading

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Paws for thought

When I lived at home, dinner was signalled by someone ringing a bell that we have in our hallway. I’m still not sure whether this was just an efficient way of rounding up the household, or if my mother was trying … Continue reading

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When the empire struck back…

Since I was writing about modern protests yesterday, it seems only appropriate to tell you about my trip to Koprivshtitsa at the weekend, as it’s the location of one of the most famous rebellions in Bulgarian history. If you ever go to … Continue reading

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Timely inventions

Well here’s a fact I bet you didn’t know about Bulgaria: the digital watch was invented by a Bulgarian. Peter Petroff (1919 – 2003) was an inventor-engineer-scientist-adventurer who covered an awful lot of ground during his rather varied career. He … Continue reading

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