The Symbols of Bulgaria @ Vagabond campaign has raised an important new question: do foreigners living in Bulgaria have the right to be less than gracious about their adopted homeland?
It is a shock, really. You are driving through one of the dullest stretches of the Danubian Plane – a conglomeration of rundown villages and small towns with unpronounceable names, epitomising the eternity of Bulgaria's Transition, when suddenly, among the distant trees, you see a church spire better suited to southern Holland than to this neck of the Balkans.
"You can't drink all night with mutri and still work for the Interior Ministry."
Interior Minister Mihail Mikov on sacking two senior police officers
In July we sent our son out on a school trip to Sunny Beach in spite of warnings from friends who'd been there that it's overdeveloped, overpopulated and overpriced. He came back a week later - and said he actually enjoyed the beach and the discos.