Category Archives: Bulgaria

The Bulgaria Files: Part 4 — Visiting Varna

Bul­garia itin­er­ary: Sofia (5 nights) -> Veliko Tarnovo (4 nights) -> Varna (5 nights)

Get In: Bus from Veliko Tarnovo 9 Euros/person
Stay: Varna Camp­site and Black Sea Cot­tage pri­vate room 20 Euros/night

Relax­ing on the Black Sea Coast

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Wait­ing for the bus

Vis­it­ing Bul­garia in the sum­mer and not hav­ing at least one stop on the Black sea coast is kind of like vis­it­ing Paris and never see­ing the Eif­fel tower.  We knew we had to expe­ri­ence it, but had trou­ble decid­ing where exactly we should go. Con­tinue read­ing

The Bulgaria Files: Part 3 — Abandonned UFO-like Soviet Building

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Every once in a while there is an oppor­tu­nity to do some­thing that seems like a good idea, but for a vari­ety of rea­sons — maybe cost, time, or that gut feel­ing say­ing ‘don’t bother’ — you decide against it. We almost decided against this, but some nag­ging feel­ing con­vinced us that this could be some­thing big. Con­tinue read­ing

The Bulgaria Files: Part 2 Veliko Tarnovo

Bul­garia itin­er­ary: Sofia (5 nights) -> Veliko Tarnovo (4 nights) -> Varna (5 nights)

Get in: Bus from Sofia for 11 Euros per per­son
Stay: Hotel Anhea for 22.5 Euros/night for 2 per­sons ** Def­i­nitely one of our favorite hotels of the trip

Veliko what? Where are we going?

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The river, the city, and, accord­ing to our guide, the ugli­est build­ing in the city

Bul­garia. What a sur­pris­ing touris­tic gem. Cre­ators of the Cyril­lic alpha­bet, always on the los­ing side of war, the gate­way to Europe, where do I start a blog post about Bul­garia? Con­tinue read­ing

The Bulgaria Files: Part 1 — Sofia

Bul­garia itin­er­ary: Sofia (5 nights) -> Veliko Tarnovo (4 nights) -> Varna (5 nights)

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Back­pack­ing route across Bulgaria

Tim and I found our­selves in a pecu­liar sit­u­a­tion at the end of July. We were in Greece, but it was get­ting expen­sive, and the heat had defeated us. We wanted to go to Turkey, but wanted to avoid trav­el­ing in a Mus­lim coun­try dur­ing Ramadan. So, where could we go in the mean­time? Con­tinue read­ing

360 view of Abandoned UFO-Like Soviet Era Monument: Buzludzha

Our trip to see one of the world’s most beau­ti­ful aban­doned places here in Bul­garia deserves a bit more ded­i­ca­tion than I have the energy to devote  tonight, but here is a glimpse of what we saw.  It’s a build­ing that resem­bles a UFO, which is com­pletely aban­doned and looted right down to the cop­per wires that once pro­vided elec­tric­ity to the place.  What’s left is the skele­ton of a con­fer­ence hall along with mosaics made from rocks. Included in the images are impor­tant fig­ures of Bul­gar­ian Com­mu­nist Party of the era, the fathers of Soviet com­mu­nism, the all impor­tant work­ers, among other impor­tant sym­bols.  More on this later.

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Team Canada @ Deafolympics 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria

It was not long after arriv­ing to Sofia when we noticed there was an unusual amount of peo­ple using sign lan­guage around town. Turns out the Deaf­olympics was hap­pen­ing this week and we attended the clos­ing cer­e­mony yesterday.