Tag Archives: Balkans

Leaving on a jet plane

Well, I’m off to work on a charity project in Ghana, which means that I won’t be back in Bulgaria until the summer at the earliest. No doubt I will have an African blog, so do track me down there. … Continue reading

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2. If I only had a heart

Genuinely, what has been most noteworthy about my time in Sofia this year has been the kindness of strangers – the generosity with which Bulgarians have welcomed me into their lives and offered me friendship. I love the UK. But … Continue reading

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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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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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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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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

In many ways, being in Sofia at Christmas is… well, just like being in any other European city at Christmas. It has the obligatory German market… …and tacky sponsored Christmas lights. But then, just when you think it’s become another … Continue reading

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