A week in Bulgaria

I didn’t have a chance to post in my blog last week, because another emergency came on my way. I had a terrible toothache for more than a week, so I thought that’s a great opportunity to visit my parents in Bulgaria and see my dentist there. I went there to check 1 tooth and ended up fixing 6 in 5 days. Amazing success!

Having a serious schedule I couldn’t make many pictures – every morning in the dentist room until noon time. Couldn’t see many friends either, but I’m thankful for all the time I’ve spent there.

Let me show you a few pics…

The Arriving

My lovely friend Aneliya, which I haven’t seen more than 5 years, met me at the airport. She saw this woman coming out the gates with the words “What is this?! Sunshine!” and thought: “Yes, the plane from London has arrived.” 🙂

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We spent an amazing afternoon in Sofia: had a nice lunch, a walk and a coffee, a bit of sightseeing and chatted a lot about the old times, beauty and fitness.

My Brother

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My little brother Vasko seems to be growing bigger every time I see him.

The weather

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The weather was amazing! It looks a season ahead comparing to London. This explains why I spend so much time complaining from the luck of sunshine in UK.

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On the way from Sofia to my home town, the bus stopped at a petrol station near a small village. Despite the rest of the people who had a cigarette or a snack, I just walked around the station making picture of the blue sky, trying to get used to the sun light. I succeeded, because after a few days, I didn’t need sunglasses any more!

The Village of Shipka

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My parents brought me to our village house up in the mountain. It was so beautiful! Spring was at its best!

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The neighbour’s cat were enjoying the sun and by the end of the afternoon I had a new furry friend.

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..and I had a nap in the sun. 🙂

Martenitsa

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It’s April – the Spring has arrived and you’re most likely to find Martenitsa on some of the trees. Martenitsa is a Bulgarian custom, but I’ll explain to you about it another time. It’s related to Spring, we wear it in March and put it on trees in April.

My Home Town

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I remember this corner from the time I was in school. All the meetings and appointment are arranged here. It’s been called “The Clock” even at the few occasions when there was no clock there.

The Siamese

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My old cat Judy is a Siamese and we’ve grown up together. She’s my Queen cat. At the age of 16-17 years now, she got very skinny, but still enjoys life and was so happy to see me, that she literally didn’t leave my bed for a whole week! My mum said today, she’s still sleeping there.

The Coffee

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The coffee was rubbish! I might be spoiled being served in bed the best coffee in London, but I didn’t like the coffees I had there.

I’m not a big fan of the pure espresso, knowing that in Bulgaria it contains quite a lot of Robusta, so I ordered lattes a couple of times. Apparently, latte is popular now, but everyone has their own version which is very far from the real latte. Hopefully, it will get better with time.

The Food

The Bulgarian cuisine contains quite a lot of carbs, so my dad and I cooked a few times at home. He would make a fresh salad, I’d cook some veg and a bit of meat.

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Some of the things might look like alien dishes to you, I know. 🙂

The Beer

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My home town Stara Zagora has its local brewery and the original beer is even named after the town – Zagorka. It’s a blond lager which is best consumed cold outside in the sun. I just had to try a pint.

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The last evening before my flight, my friends brought me to a pub in Sofia which servers beers from Bulgaria, UK, Belgium and Germany… sounds like the beer heaven. Of course, I had my favourite English ale – to get in the mood for going back to London in the morning.

The Departure

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I spent the last evening in Sofia, staying with my friends Dessy and Anton. They’re both having an amazing year and some really great events are about to happen to both of them. I was so happy to see them both and have some time to catch up.

They brought me to this great pub, we chatted about everything in life. They allowed me to sleep with the beautiful tom cat called Balgar (a great name by the way), made banitsa and coffee in the morning and gave me a lift to the airport.