Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Annoyances in the Balkans

Relentless Homophobia Rages in the Balkans

Be IN-tolerant! Be normal!, appeals a poster (pictured above) that recently flooded the streets of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

As the first gay pride parade in Bulgaria is about to take... Full Story

The Frenzied Crescendo of High School Graduations and Formal Dances in Bulgaria

If you’re visiting Bulgaria in the second half of May, do not be alarmed by the hoards of heavily made-up, formally-dressed teenagers roaming the streets, repeatedly screaming the numbers from one through twelve as loud as their lungs and voices... Full Story

Russian President Putin's Visit to Bulgaria Was a Lesson How NOT to Travel

The annoying habit of Sofia authorities to mark official delegations’ arrivals with putting the whole city on hold, repeated itself once again with Putin’s latest formal visit on January 17 and 18. The surreal, somewhat ghostly look of the town... Full Story

Driving in the Balkans

Driving in the Balkans could be more than just annoying. It could be dangerous. Yet, if you are aiming for an authentic experience off the beaten track, renting a car and driving may be the best solution, as public transportation in this area of... Full Story


Foreign Wines Outnumbered Bulgarian Ones on Vinaria 2014 Competition

11 March 2014 | National wine tastings, preceding Bulgaria’s biggest wine fair, Vinaria 2014, started today with a surprise: foreign wines exceeded in number Bulgarian ones first time in history of the competition. Full Story

Curiosity Chest

Dimitur, who visualisеd the Bulgarian expression “Pumpkin Head!”

26 February 2014 | He is 26 and he tried to enroll in the national Fine Arts academy. Academics, though, refused to recognize his talents, and this is how he searched for consolation in food carving. Full Story

Useful Reads

In Sfakia: Passing Time in the Wilds of Crete (2008) | By Peter Trudgill

Crete has long been acknowledged as one of the most singular and unique parts of Greece. Its people keep a fierce hold on their traditions, customs and history. Practically a country of its own, this vast island looms over all others in Greece. Nevertheless, as In Sfakia author Peter Trudgill aptly notes in his preface, “some parts of Crete are more special than others, and Sfakia, on the remote south coast, is certainly one of those.” Full Story


Serbia Surprises with Choice of Little-Known Singer for Eurovision

12 March 2009 | A little-known Serbian singer and composer, Marko Kon, has surprised many by emerging as his country's representative at the 54th Eurovision in Moscow.
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