Monday, 30 July 2018 13:07

WHO WAS STEFAN STAMBOLOV?

Controversial politician of late 19th century still divides Bulgarians

Published in Vagabond Features
Monday, 30 July 2018 12:56

PASS OF FREEDOM

For Bulgarians, Shipka Pass epitomises national liberation struggle

Published in High Beam
Friday, 30 March 2018 12:35

BRIDGES OF FREEDOM

America's War of Independence and Bulgaria's April Uprising began in a similar way: on a bridge

Published in Vagabond Features
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 13:54

DO YOU SPEAK ESPERANTO?

Artificial 'language for everyone' failed to bring world peace, but is still used around the world, Bulgaria included

Published in Bulgaria Society
Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:32

THE IRISHMAN WHO DANCED THE HORO

The name, Rachenitsa, may be too difficult for a foreigner to remember or pronounce, but you have probably seen it as a crude copy on the wall of a traditional restaurant, as a reproduction or a souvenir, or in the original in the National Gallery of Art. It is an image that stays in the mind. In a brightly-lit, austere tavern, a pair of men in traditional Bulgarian costume dance, surrounded by onlookers. Rachenitsa is a horo popular all over Bulgaria and is usually danced by one or two men, not holding hands, but on their own. Famous for its difficulty and the stamina required, in the olden times it was used as a competition between rival parties.

Published in Vagabond Features
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 13:15

AUGUSTA TRAIANA

Straight streets intersecting at right angles: Stara Zagora, a southern Bulgarian city of 150,000, is the only one of its type in Bulgaria. It is the result of a tragedy and a necessity. In the 1877-1878 Russo-Turkish War, Stara Zagora was razed to the ground after a vicious battle. Rebuilding began in 1878 according to a plan by an Austro-Hungarian architect.

Published in High Beam
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 11:31

WHERE WERE BULGARIA'S KINGS BURIED?

Surprising for a country that is proud of its 1,300-year history, just a few tombs of its grand kings have been identified with certainty.

Bulgaria has not changed its name since its founding in 681, as if the 200-year Byzantine and the 500-year Ottoman rule never happened, but the list of the preserved and known graves of its rulers makes for an extremely short paragraph in its long history.

Published in Vagabond Features
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:11

KOPRIVSHTITSA

An easy drive from Sofia, nestled deep in the leafy Sredna Gora mountains, Koprivshtitsa has all the elements of an exemplary Revival Period experience. The surrounding landscape is all high slopes, lush forests and meadows. Beautiful 200-year-old mansions line cobbled streets. Old stone bridges span the local river. Charming old water fountains, their worn inscriptions still legible, are here, there and everywhere. Koprivshtitsa's history is also captivating, as this was where the April Uprising of 1876 began.

Published in High Beam
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
Friday, 24 February 2012 10:29

WHO WAS VASIL LEVSKI?

Cunning politicians left, right and centre justify their actions with Bulgaria's greatest national hero

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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