three nights in Balchik, loads of suggested itineraries and recommendations are thrown our way for further travel down the coast. It doesn't matter that it would now take us about 7 hours by bus to get there. The thought is, why would we be anywhere else?
Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria). Since then, the rate has dropped. In fact, in 2011, the number of people killed in car crashes was the lowest it had been in 44 years. We saw these totaled vehicles displayed throughout our many hours on the road. Who knows how much they factor in to the positive change - and how much more of it has to do with road rehabilitation and the huge amount of traffic cops we also saw along our drives. But there they are. Graphic proof of the risk.
on that note)
absolutely everywhere in Macedonia, it is considered a Bulgarian thing. Menus here almost always have a very long list of salads - which we'll go into with greater detail in a Bulgarian Food post to come. But Shopska almost always wins out. Here, a dozen or so tables are pre-set for a big party in Balchik. All of the Balkan essentials are there, shopska salad, Coca Cola and Fanta. The weddings that would inevitably be taking place wherever we stayed on a Friday or Saturday, would have the same place setting. But, of course, with wine. Tomato, cucumber, shredded sirene and a black olive on top. It's as simple as that.
These Roadside Patrolling Stations or whatever they are. Anyone know? We just saw a manned one today in Sofia. I have to assume it is for policing purposes, but the design is just too unique not to mention.
Confusing Head Gestures. Obviously, they are not confusing to other Bulgarians, but the fact that people shake their head for "yes" and nod it for "no" was very difficult to get used to. It is something to know and keep top of mind if you plan on traveling to Bulgaria. You sort of don't realize how much communication is done with nods (especially when their is a language barrier) until you find yourself in this situation. You order something, they shake their head. So, you order something else. Now, they're confused. Your confused. Everyone's confused. All because of a simple head shake. Luckily, Bulgarians happen to be extremely nice and willing to work with bumbling reverse-nodders like us.