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In Sofia, there is a place where you can see a representative sample of modern-day Bulgarian society in just about a couple of square miles and in less than a few hours. This is the National Palace of Culture, or NDK. On its vast square, teenagers skateboard and flirt, elderly people have coffee with friends and mothers stroll with their children, while buskers and icecream sellers vie for customers. In the evening, people heading for some festival or concert at the NDK's Hall 1 flock in front of the main entrance. It has about a dozen doors, but typically just one is open. The bars around are packed, and those who can afford it head for the luxury restaurant on the top floor.

Published in High Beam

Being a flight attendant was a glamorous job during Communism. Uniformed beauties on calendars for Balkan Airlines, the state air carrier, reinforced that the job as an aspirational one, while for the more practically minded, the profession had another advantage. When local shops lacked essentials like toilet paper, working on an international fight meant having the opportunity to buy foreign luxuries (whisky, perfume, fur coats and Levi's jeans) and sell them for a good profit on the eager Bulgarian black market.

Published in High Beam
Friday, 28 April 2017 13:38

ZGORIGRAD FORGOTTEN TRAGEDY

Remains of mining disaster linger on near Vratsa

Published in High Beam
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 13:15

BORDER: A JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF EUROPE

Kapka Kassabova's newest book causes stir in the UK. Coming to Bulgaria soon

Published in Bulgaria Interviews
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 13:07

SWEET POWER OF NOSTALGIA

The factories worked and everyone had a job, there was no crime, the army was strong and every family had two-week holidays at the seaside: for a significant number of Bulgarians, Communism was a golden era of prosperity and security that outshone democracy, with its freedom of movement, speech and entrepreneurship. It is not only the generations who were young during Communism that feel this way. Many Bulgarians born too late to have first-hand experience of the regime share the same sentiment.

Published in Bulgaria Society
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 15:54

ALL ALONG THE ISKAR, Part 1

Bulgaria's longest river holds many attractions just outside the capital

Published in High Beam
Monday, 07 March 2016 14:36

TODOR ZHIVKOV'S PRAVETS

Tyrant to his country, benefactor to his village

Published in Vagabond Features
Monday, 04 January 2016 15:00

VANGA GOES GLOBAL

Dead Bulgarian clairvoyant makes international news

Published in Vagabond Features
Thursday, 03 December 2015 14:30

MYSTERIOUS ROADTRIP

Questions outnumber answers in many places in Bulgaria

Published in High Beam
Thursday, 24 September 2015 13:32

PERNIK

City oft-compared to Mordor is hidden gem

Published in High Beam
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