A colorful, cultural depiction of life in Bulgaria and travel around the Balkans.
The Niš Market
We enjoyed the open market in Niš more than the fortress. Eggs were on sale at different sizes and prices, but you purchased them individually.
We got lost trying to drive out of Niš and this led to an extensive tour of the city streets. Finally we saw the sign to Belgrade, and we followed it out of the city and onto the superhighway toll road leading to Serbia's capital.
A free concert given by M-Tel, one of the largest mobile phone companies in Bulgaria, and it just happened to be taking place in the park down the street from our house. Jodie was very tired and stayed at home, but I joined some 30,000 young Bulgarians to see Enrique.
First to perform was British singer and disc jockey Sonique. After her set there was a long intermission with M-Tel commercials shown on the huge screens around the park. Finally Enrique took to the stage.
I must say, he was a real mensch. He spoke to the crowd in Bulgarian, frequently interjected "Sofia" into his talking and even once into his lyrics. At one point he invited two Bulgarian youths onto the stage and interviewed them, and during the encore he invited a young girl onto the stage and sang his hit "Hero" to her.
And afterwards there was an amazing fireworks display.
Jodie heard everything from our apartment, both from our porch and even while reading in bed. I was glad that I was part of this …
At a distance of one month, it's sometimes hard to believe that we spent two wonderful years living in Bulgaria. We look back with fond memories at the many places we visited, the many people we met, and the many things we learned about Bulgaria, its culture and history. This started as a Top Ten list, but there were too many places to list, so it became a Top 15 list, and still, some of the colorful destinations we visited are not included. The list is presented in alphabetical order.
Balchik. On the Black Sea coast, this town was the summer home of Queen Marie of Romania. We enjoyed walking around the botanical gardens, seeing the old style houses and the simple palace that captured the heart of the Romanian queen.
Belogradchik. Belogradchik is a town in northwestern Bulgaria and also the name of a fortress and nature reserve of bizarrely shaped sandstone, limestone and other rock formations. The Belogradchik Rocks were Bulgaria's candidate in the campaign for New Seven Wonder…
As our nieces and nephew were coming to visit us for the weekend, our observance of Kashrut in the apartment had to be upped a notch, so we made preparations. How does one keep Kosher in Sofia?
The Sofia Synagogue sells Kosher cheeses. In the end we didn't buy any cheeses there, but we found on the synagogue's website a very helpful list of products that you can buy in Bulgaria that have been determined to be Kosher. This way we were able to know, for example, that Kraft Philadelphia cream cheeses produced in Germany are Kosher, as well as Kellogg's cereal and Orbit chewing gum. And our teenage visitors would certainly enjoy the fact that soft drinks, like Coca Cola and Sprite, are Kosher.
Jodie made a special trip to Beit Chabad, where they were very eager to help her. Jodie stocked up our freezer with bread and rolls, and bought white cheeses and butter.
In the end, Ellen sent a lot of food for our Shabbat dinner, and Jodie prepared pasta which the kids like, so there was a…