WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

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A rocky plateau along the sea shore, covered in thick grass – this unlikely locale is where Bulgaria's dreams of becoming the next Saudi Arabia began - and ended.

You can still see traces of the travesty. Rusted tanks and petrol pumps cover the plateau on the northern Black Sea coast. Some of them still draw drops of oil and natural gas from the ground. The more resourceful locals have constructed self-styled piping to heat their houses with free natural gas.

The tanks first appeared in 1951 when some crude was accidentally discovered in the area. With Socialist enthusiasm and dreams of oil dollars, Bulgarians covered the plateau with pumps. They soon learnt the bitter truth – the reserves were small and of poor quality. The good news is that in 2007 the area on the northern Black Sea coast is still not covered with five-star hotels.

Where in Bulgaria are you?

Email your answers by 10 August to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you can win a weekend for two at the Medite Spa Hotel, Sandanski, where you will experience the ultimate in relaxation and service. The winner will be selected in a draw*.

*Conditions apply. Winners of competitions produced by VAGABOND, Bulgaria's English Monthly, are selected in a draw. The decisions are final and correspondence will not be entered into. Prizes may be collected in person at the editorial offices in Sofia or shipped anywhere in Bulgaria postage-free. Postal charges will apply for shipments abroad. For customs reasons we are unable to ship alcoholic beverages abroad. Any customs or other duties levied on shipments abroad will be the responsibility of the addressee. Prize winners will be interviewed and featured in the magazine, unless they have specifically indicated otherwise.


Joseph Dabbs in Sofia is our Where in Bulgaria Are You? competition winner. Originally from Baltimore, Joseph first came here as a US Peace Corps volunteer, met his wife Zhivka, married her and went back to the United States. They both missed Bulgaria so much that they came back four years ago. Joseph hasn't been to the Seven Rila Lakes but recognised the place from a TV programme he had watched a few years ago, and does intend to visit. In the meantime, he will be enjoying a weekend for two at the Medite Spa Hotel in Sandanski, courtesy of VAGABOND.

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