Category: Bulgaria

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On the Politics of Museums

The more time we spend in museums around the world, the more I come to realise how very, very political they are. Take the National...

Mum I'm In The Metro

In Which I Lose My Child. Again.

“Yeah,” I say to Z. “It’s too cold to walk a mile in this. Let’s catch the Metro…” After our chilly arrival, we are beginning...

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The Friday Photo: Sofia Cathedral

Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, isn’t on many people’s bucket lists. But the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, an enormous Byzantine revival edifice erected to celebrate the...

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A Balkan Train Ride

Is it possible to feel sorry for a train? Watching this little steam engine freezing in the snow at Bansko station, I almost did… The...

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Anatomy of a Bulgarian Restaurant

We have spent more time than I am entirely comfortable with in Bulgarian tourist restaurants lately. Here’s what to expect, should you bow to the...

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How (Not) To Go Skiing On A Budget

Someone once compared sailing to standing fully clothed under a cold shower burning ten pound notes. Which would, I guess, make skiing standing in a...