For a long time, I thought what’s the most proper way to introduce myself. I didn’t want to just start with random reviews and thoughts.
Decided I could share where I’m coming from to give you some idea of the spirit that fuels my mortal husk.
Welcome to Bulgaria
Bulgaria is a small country in South-Eastern Europe, situated on the Balkan Peninsula. It is also one of the most ancient states established in Europe – the country dates as an official state back to 681 AD, and its territory is one of the first to be settled in Europe, way back in ancient times.
We’re located on a crossroad between the West and the East, we’ve had powerful khans and tsars, we’ve preserved ourselves during the 500 years of Ottoman rule, we’ve been under a Soviet influence for decades, and we’re a young democracy (introduced 30 years ago) now part of the EU and NATO. We’ve been pagans rich with gods and rituals, and we’ve transferred some of that magic to co-exist with the Orthodox Christianity and the other religions you can find here.
- We have our own unique script – ours is the Cyrillic alphabet, today used by around 250 million people across the globe. It dates back to the 9th century AD and is the third official script of the EU.
- Ours is peak Musala – the highest peak on the Balkan Peninsula and the 6th highest on mainland Europe, standing tall at 2,925 meters.
- Ours is the soured milk (which is not Yoghurt and is much, much better).
- Ours is the famed Rose Valley of Kazanlak, from where comes the incredibly valuable rose oil from Rosa damascena.
- Our eastern border is a sea with the ominous name of Black Sea. You can even take a trip to one of the Bulgarian islets for a day on the waters.
We have poets, revolutionaries, freedom fighters. Our history is splattered with blood and victories. We have Olympic medalists, we hold records, and we’ve sent people into space. We’ve sent music into space on Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. Music. Into. Space.
Big Dreamers with Bigger Hearts
I mean, we’re awesome. We are Bulgarians, and we are Bulgaria. You can see us smiling, grumpy, sad, or happy, you can see us warm or cold, but one thing’s for sure – we’re loud and passionate. We’re not a rich country, we’ve made mistakes and corruption is still something we have to root out. But we know how to live life to the fullest no matter how little we have.
That’s where this dreamer comes from – a land of magic, myth, and music. A land of broken hearts that still beat with hope. If you’ve been around, do share your impressions, if you haven’t – take a chance and come, you’ll fall in love. And don’t miss the opportunity to try our cheese, soured milk, and rakia.
P.S. If you’ve been to Sunny Beach, I don’t want to know. That’s the least awesome place in our beautiful country, and I weep for you. Do come for a more wholesome experience.