Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:23

ADVANCED BULGARIAN

If you don't understand or speak any Bulgarian, don't read on. However, if you intend to settle down in this country, or want to show your appreciation for Bulgarian culture or your loved one's in-laws, you are probably taking Bulgarian classes where you get taught how to say "excuse me" and "cheers," which you gladly will, to the bemusement of your Bulgarian chums.

Published in Vagabond Features

Even fluent Bulgarian speakers, including people who were actually born in this country, sometimes have a difficulty to understand what's really going on in the minds of their fellow citizens. Applying Western rational thought does not help since it is unable to dissect the thinking patterns of the Bulgarian society.

Published in Bulgaria Society

Truth be told, there will a lot more than eight things that will probably put visiting Americans off their rocker here, but this is a good start. As usual, use as much of your common sense as you can, throw in a large pinch of salt, and treat with at least of modicum of humour. Remember: It ain't over till the fact lady sings!

Published in Vagabond Features
Sunday, 21 December 2014 14:34

TOP 100: VAGABOND SPECIALS

Routine can be a killjoy, but while churning out day in, day out each of our 100 issues we have rarely felt bored. Besides our regular topics on travel and politics, we produced lengthy, special features and sometimes ruffled some feathers in the establishment.

Published in Vagabond Features
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 11:58

IN THE COUNTRY OF ANGRY WAITERS

Bad service remains major problem in Bulgaria

Published in Vagabond Features
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 12:36

SIGHTS AND SIGNS OF A NATION

Anyone familiar with the Communist-era signs produced to instruct Bulgarian citizens and villagers to keep their surroundings clean and to tell on anyone caught in the act of not doing so might have thought nothing could surpass their stupidity.

Published in Vagabond Features
Friday, 09 May 2014 12:13

BEWARE OF FALLING SUBJECTS

If you are unsure when to take a bath or visit a sick friend, and what soup to choose, seek advice from the public signs of Communism

Published in Vagabond Features
Thursday, 08 May 2014 13:50

WHAT IS BOZA?

Drink that looks but does not taste like it's already been drunk

Published in Vagabond Features
Monday, 11 March 2013 08:34

DRIVING SAFELY IN BULGARIA

With a bit of know-how and plenty of luck getting to places in a car can be a fascinating experience

Published in Vagabond Features
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:53

BANANA REPUBLIC?

Instead of Europe, Bulgaria increasingly finds itself in Latin America

Published in Vagabond Features
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AMERICA FOR BULGARIA FOUNDATION CELEBRATES BULGARIAN SUPERHEROES

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Over 500 representatives of the Bulgarian NGO sector, entrepreneurs and diplomats attended the annual meeting of the America for Bulgaria Foundation with its grantees in Sofia, on 30 January. Everyday...

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ÉRIC LEBÉDEL: FRANCE'S AMBASSADOR ON MAV…

ÉRIC LEBÉDEL: FRANCE'S AMBASSADOR ON MAVRUD, BORDER AREAS AND DIFFICULT-TO-PRONOUNCE BULGARIAN PLACE NAMES

French Ambassador Éric Lebédel has lived in Sofia for almost three years, during which time he has managed not only to upkeep his duties as France's envoy to Bulgaria but...

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