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Contrast to Marxist Belief, Our U.S. Military Are Noble Soldiers
"Some four million American soldiers were mobilized to fight Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria in the Ottoman Empire. Over 116,000 Americans perished. Parrish. It won't work to more than 16 million American soldiers fought the German Nazis, Japan and Italy over 400,000 lost their lives. Sicily and Zia Atlantic. Normandy. Operation Dragoon the Bulge, he would Jima, Guadalcanal. Tearaway SaiPan, Okinawa, Too many to name During the Cold War with the Soviet Union. American soldiers fought the spread of communism, including in Korea. With the Soviet Chinese backed communists in the northern part of Korea Peninsula invaded the South. Over 5,700,000 Americans were engaged in that war, nearly 34,000 lost their lives. Almost three million Americans served in uniform in the Vietnam War, which was intended to prevent again the Soviet and Chinese backed Communist, in other words and part of that country from taking over the South. Over 58,000 American soldiers lost their lives. There have been many battles since. Including but not limited to Iraq and Afghanistan. And the war on terrorism. Contrary to the American Marxist slur that America is an imperial colonising force. Our soldiers are noble warriors. Of fought and died and still do. To protect and liberate the oppressed from one end of the world to the other. And, regardless of religion, skin, colour, ethnicity or race of the victimized And unlike some of our enemies, we do not seek to conquer other countries for the purpose of occupation and territorial
"bulgaria" Discussed on Limitless Mindset
"When i was a single guy who was such an improvement for me at least over the hanging out in the wild chaotic clubs. Let's move on to talking about the culture. Bulgaria is one country where not drinking. You really will feel like an outsider. Every time i asked a bartender for a non alcoholic beverage. They looked at me. Like i had just ordered a glass of abortion baby blood or something really terrible like that. When i first arrived in sofia i befriended too young bulgarian guys who could be loosely. Described does hostile employees and they were your typical piece of shit. Dudes who talked. We'd drank beer and smoked cigarettes all day and night yet in the four days. I stayed at the hostel. These two guys must have had about six different cute young ladies over to hang out. They watched really stupid movies and pop music videos. Four hours and hours with these girls and this makes me up suspect that Bulgarian girls are less susceptible to grown man game and respond better to party boy game. You'll have to do a little bit of experimentation there. Bulgarians are fairly ethnocentric..
EU Agency Says to Focus on Vaccines First Not Booster Shots
"The European union center for disease prevention and control has been urging countries to push ahead with that primary coronavirus vaccine programs the ECDC has played down the need the base to shots of the Cape vaccine preferring to focus on getting everyone that best chance the European Commission has recently announced that on average seventy percent of adults for fifty Bucks unaided across the twenty seven nation bloc but's not all vaccination rates are equal with from countries like Bulgaria and Romania and lacking behind I'm Karen Thomas
Singer Pink Backs Beach Handball Team on 'Sexist' Clothing
"Singer pink has offered to pay a fine given to the Norwegian female beach handball team for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms and competition I marquees are littered with the latest he says she's very proud of the women of the Norwegian handball team for wearing shorts like the men do at the European beach handball championships in Bulgaria last week the team was fined about seventeen hundred dollars for violating the rules on clothing the European handball federation says it will donate the fine paid by the Norwegian handball federation to a women's sports foundation meanwhile the international Olympic committee has issued new guidelines to broadcasters for the games in Tokyo urging them to focus less on looks body parts and wardrobes slips and more on athletics
World Leaders Can't Agree on How to Handle Today's Russia
"Thirty two countries more than five thousand troops land sea and air yesterday. The annual joint military exercises in the black sea known as seabreeze began. This year's are the broadest yet. it's been going. Since nineteen ninety-seven coordinating american forces with those of regional. Nato allies bulgaria romania and turkey in see also bordered by russia and ukraine. The exercises come a busy time both militarily and diplomatically tensions have escalated between russia and the united kingdom on the seas off the coast of crimea. Line if you don't look i'll give me hora. We kiss up six zero. We will continue to in last week. Russian and british forces crossed paths in the sea and the details are disputed. The encounter clearly rattled nerves yesterday. Russia's president vladimir putin met virtually with his chinese counterpart xi jinping just twelve days. After mr putin met with president joe biden. Germany and france have also expressed interest in an e. u. summit with mr putin and uncertain rebalancing appears to be going on here strategic split between keeping dialogue with mr putin open and keeping him at arm's length. I think we've lived for a long time. In the era where western politicians has in a way been on a different wavelength when it comes to hard power or cauda. Ostrovsky is economists russia editor. Last week we had a british warship. Hms defender challenge russia's claim to the voices off the crimean peninsula crimea of course being the ukrainian territory that russia invaded an extant continues to occupy since two thousand fourteen
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"Low from bulgaria. My name is luke meal. Currently i work as a qa. And in my free time. I love to go to the mountain where me my wife for the place. The place is called bounce core and fuel weeks ago we went not only me and my wife but we took our kids who is tier salt in june. He will become for years and he left the place. It was his first time. They're a real went with him into the swimming pool. Where i was trained teach seem i'm not the best swimmer but i really hope wa. He will become one One better person than me one day but Think should be going step-by-step This podcast is just for testing purposes. Not trying to aging serious. Just some little talks and see i will try to oppose it In one software so in king create my own podcast after the town to some tasting inaudible. I saw as i said. He's only for testing purposes in. If some of these listen inca these hold your police laugh too much. I'm just trying to complete the whole meets with some random information. And that's it okay. Here are the two minutes thank you.
The June War Led to the Suez Canal’s Worst Stuck-Ship Fiasco
"On june fifth of nineteen sixty seven israel went to war against egypt and syria in what came to be known as the june war however due to the surprising length of the fights it also went by another name the six day war. The conflict was over by june tenth with egypt retreating west however as they crossed the canal egyptian forces blocked it on both sides to keep the israelis from using it. What they didn't realize was that their actions had inadvertently stranded convoy fifteen ships travelling through the canal at the same time. Every vessel dropped anchor as egypt's sunk various other boats and even destroyed a bridge to prevent israeli access. They also deployed underwater minds for good measure. The ships having originally come from places like britain. America sweden germany and bulgaria among others were stuck crews use. Their radios to reach family loved ones to alert them of what had happened. But were forced to cease communications at the request of the egyptians. Times got tough after that first month which initially seemed like a vacation as the days and weeks moron however crew men grew lonely and isolated boredom eroded their mental health the weeks turned into months and countries negotiated crew swaps for their respective ships though. They were moving. The vessel still require maintenance in order to stay afloat so one crew would stay on for three or four months until another crew could be brought in to relieve them. The men with nowhere to go and very little to keep themselves occupied eventually got to know each other in a way. Each vessel became like a house in a small community. And that's how all the crew members treated their situation. Every ship served a different purpose. The largest one with its enormous deck became a soccer field. The men watching movies on the bulgarian freighter and printed stamps on the polish ship which the egyptian authorities were kind enough to honor legal. Postage many of the crew race lifeboats in the canal and attended church services on board the west german ship. And if they want to unwind. They took a dip in the pool on the swedish vessel. Supplies were delivered regularly. During the brutally hot summer months one could look out at the ships and see hundreds of beer bottles floating alongside their hulls after a year without movement. The convoy even created its own version of the olympics with the various crews representing eight countries. Across fourteen sports
EU Discusses Russia Strategy as Tensions Grow in Ukraine
"European union's leading diplomats will hold a meeting today to discuss russia's alleged involvement in a deadly explosion in the czech republic in two thousand fourteen projects spelled eighteen russians over the weekend in response to what it called unequivocal evidence from check spies charts other security agencies moscow for its part has now enacted a tit-for-tat diplomatic responsible for more on this. I'm joined by benefits here in zurich security correspondent. Good afternoon. good not so. Let's go to to prague this. This is quite a drawn out. Investigation against one must assume Give going all the way back to two thousand fourteen. They must have a pretty compelling evidence and obviously waited this long to ensure. Obviously if you're gonna take moss go on you have your facts though. One one wonders whether that matter sometimes yes indeed quite. The story must be quite substantial as well. The evidence i as well as you say. It's an from six years ago in incident. That saw an ammunition depot blow up to people dying in the process and this this explosion occurred just wendy's goods. Were supposed to be unloaded and sent to bulgaria. Nam steeler. who in turn would provide it. Ukrainian army with These munition so check. Authorities now presented evidence of two men who had requested to visit the site and where checked in into nearby town of ostrava with fake. Id's photos linked to to russian intelligence and the investigative platform. Belling cat in russia has identified the two as members of gru the russian secret service and specific unit there. It's not torius for such incidents by the way said bulgarian straight. It was just a year later poisoned in sofia but he survived.
EU Life Expectancy Drops Amid Virus Pandemic
"Life expectancy across much of the European Union has dropped as the 27 Nation bloc struggles with the impact of the Corona virus pandemic. EW agency. Euros stopped says following the outbreak of the cove it 19 pandemic last year. Life expectancy at birth fell in the vast majority of the EU member states, adding that the biggest trump was in Spain with the loss of 1.6 years compared with 2019, Bulgaria follows with a loss of 1.5 years on. Then there's Lithuania, Poland and Romania, which also falls of more than one. Denmark and Finland with the only nations to see a rise in life expectancy
Bulgaria's leader seeks 4th term amid pandemic, protests
"The people of Bulgaria are voting in parliamentary elections, hampered by one of Europe's worst coronavirus and breaks about 10,000 Bulgarians are in hospital with the virus have been no campaign rallies. The prime minister Boyko Borisov, and his center right pro You party are hoping for
Bulgarians hope to elect new parliament amid pandemic
"People off Bulgaria revoting in parliamentary elections hampered by one of Europe's worst corona virus outbreaks, the long serving prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his center right pro EU party hoping for 1/4 term, Their main rivals are the pro Russian Socialists. Take thought has this report rain, snow and sub zero temperatures combined with a raging corona virus pandemic looks set to make this an election to remember. With more than 10,000 people hospitalized by the pandemic on one of the highest mortality rates in Europe. Many Bulgarians expected the election to be canceled. A low turnout could help Boyko Borisov stay in power. Opinion polls put the Bulgarian Socialist Party in second place, but their voters tend to be older and less likely to risk a visit to a polling station. Several new parties, which emerged from the anti corruption protests last summer, also hope to cross the 4% threshold and influence the next coalition government.
What Is the World's Oldest Book?
"What's the oldest book in the world. That's bulgaria's national museum of history. Their lives one top runner a book comprising six pages of beaten. Twenty four karat gold covered with a trashcans script which is one of the few writing systems that modern scholars have yet to fully comprehend mostly because there are so few lengthy examples of surviving the book also features illustrations of a horse rider. A mermaid a harp and soldiers according to reports the book exhibited in two thousand three was estimated at about two thousand five hundred years old was found in southwestern bulgaria in an old tomb and was donated to the museum by the finder. Who remained anonymous. It's a and authenticity were confirmed by two independent scientists whose names also remain unknown in. This book is often cited as the world's oldest book. It is the oldest book containing several pages that we know about there are older pages around but not bound together in any books but the case is closed. The question of what is the oldest book in the world will likely never be answered a first. There's the question of what exactly is a book. Books are slippery artifacts. Think of your most read paperback novel. It has a physical presence. A specific shape and form that fits on a shelf and requires dusting. It also has a non physical form the story itself and what it means to you in the memories and emotions at conjures and so is the book moreover physical presence or is the content more important in the shape or do they both play an equal role. Take it a step further and ask. What if your favorite book wasn't printed handwritten and that's still a book. What about if you read it on an electronic device or it was narrated to you
More countries pause the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, despite its support among global health authorities.
"I going to be looking at the upshot of this week's vaccine news and it's been rather bumpy one for the reputation of the astra zeneca jab italy norway denmark bulgaria thailand among other countries have suspended use of the british developed vaccine over suggestion that it's been linked to blood clots in recipients the world health organization on must add and on the other hand. There's no evidence to support this suspicion. Let's take a listen now to matina. Stevis gridneff apologies for put your name matina a contributor to monaco speaking on globalist this morning she reports on the eu from brussels and for the new york times well the eu was a few weeks behind the us and the uk in striking agreements with pharmaceuticals. That wasn't catastrophic in any way. But what's really devil. The rollout has been major supply shocks vaccines due to problems with production by the pharmaceutical companies in particular in the first quarter of this year. That's really set. Things back and europeans have watched. Americans israelis british people just race past them In terms of getting vaccinated just as an indication six and a half percent of european union nationals have received at least one dose of the battle of a vaccine contrast that about a third of brits at eighteen percent of americans matina stevis gridneff speaking here on monocle twenty four a little earlier today andrew. We're gonna start with you the astrazeneca vaccine we've spoken about it. A lot and rightly or wrongly. It's a bit of a pr nightmare from inception to now. Probably not the fault of the people that created it but is there anything that can be done to revive its reputation as something that people are clamor for rather than Against well it's interesting because just as you say in the last few days we've had this story about a tiny group they seem to have had a blood clot in hours or day oft often receiving the vaccine but as pointed out by kind of everybody's looked at these numbers and that's not surprising when you think about all the things that are likely to happen to a large group of people. The next day is wouldn't be surprising if somebody who had a heart attack. Run over by truck. Somebody was bitten by a dog. It doesn't mean anything to do with the vaccine. And i think most people are saying look just ignore that. Carry on and certainly here in In in the uk. We've been told just ignore. This is not an issue. Even the european medicines Authorities said actually is is better to press ahead giving people vaccine but in the meantime you got places like denmark and poland. Thailand saying we're gonna pause on. We're not gonna do this so the minute they do that. It puts in people's mind okay. This doesn't look good already. People have been cautious about astrazeneca. And as i said you know. I've had that vaccine and is no reaction whatsoever to it was it was. It was perfect for me. Now i would. I would say that they what we need is politicians to keep quiet and allow the medical people. Get so there's that issue then today and more you've voices saying that they should add extreme Reactions to the virus being registered on the side effects. Again that's going to cause problems when it comes down to the europeans need more of these things and not fewer and more people to to use them in an uptake. Because one final thing. I think the interesting thing here in the uk is we know there are certainly difficult is still within Black and asian communities for example. But here in the u. k. You get a tipping point. Where so many people have now. Had the the the reluctance to have the vaccine and two have astra zeneca dissipates. Goes away once you get these numbers. So i think everybody is speaking our says to have even people when i was speaking in go. I don't think i'll have everything i need. Not people like. yeah see. when can i have my vaccine. I won't have
France takes careful vaccine approach to counter skepticism
"Happening. I in britain in america that simply because of the regulatory approval prices european medicals agency hadn't quite finished its testing. It wanted a bit more data onto the study studies little bit longer. And so the vaccination has been approved by the block and will be rolled out by the block in a unified effort. Yes what happened. Is that the eu father. European commission has set up a central purchasing arm which has bought roughly two billion doses. Vaccines from many different manufacturers. Among advantage of this system is that because of the enormous purchasing contracts the prices sometimes been a bit lower than in other places and having bought them as they become delivered they will be handed out to the european member states strictly in accordance with that population. And how about that sort of national level roll out how. How is that progressing. Already how do you see it. Progressing future well. The interesting thing will be with the benefit of hindsight to see what the best way of doing this. Every country is doing it in a slightly different way so for example in bulgaria. Medical workers got it first in germany and learns the very old. I in the czech republic. The prime minister andrei bobby. Scott i now he is himself ferry olden and somewhat overweight and probably did need to have the vaccine but he clearly jumped the here on the other hand. You could argue in countries. there's liable to be a bit suspicious of vaccines. It makes sense to have a high profile vaccination of a public figure because there's a fair bit of vaccines skepticism around this a great deal of vaccine skepticism around france according to the polls is one of the worst offenders here and they routinely i. I've seen number sang as high as forty percent of french. People say that they want to have this vaccine. And so all of this discussion is predicated on the biotech vaccine. But others are in the pipeline. I mean how do you see that playing into the dynamic here. Yes of course. The one that people are most interested in is the oxford astrazeneca. one because it's far cheaper than others typically costs about two two dollars rather than twenty dollars a day. Spur but patsy for more important it can be stored at normal temperatures. The fis vaccine have to be kept very cold temperatures indeed so it means the vaccinations can really only take place in hospitals or well-equipped centers. And it's much harder to get out into communities. There's a french well made by sun. Ofi which i'm sure will be pushing very hard to to get rolled out sued the other ones too including some wants from china and russia which some countries in europe a key to take because they're cheap and because they may be available but i don't think they will be very widely taken up and on that matter of availability. How is that unified distribution effort playing out eu solidarity over the purchase and distribution of vaccines is a bit of an issue. The european commission wanted this to be a great european project with everybody following the rules and the commission doing all the buying and selling the prices and having it out to everyone. And i think they sorts. I'm afraid to say as a great sort of propaganda coup if could pull it off and they more or less have pulled it off. But we've seen impatience in a number of countries germany in particular who say hungary actually one or two others. They're worried that the eu hasn't bought enough of the first one available. That's defies the vaccine said. They have bought their own supplies. That is very bad. In a way the whole reason why the eu went down the suit in the first place. Was i difficult to keep prices life but also to make sure that you didn't get into a situation where every country was bidding against each other by much more than it needed so there has unfortunately been a bit of that but on the whole the system seems to have worked pretty well. I think the biggest problems actually would. These drugs are log to be availability so much as ability to actually get the stuff out that and with that in mind then do you think that. This approach has increased european unity or just given more opportunity for divisions to arise. I think on the whole it's been a plus for the e you sort of as a central organizing principle that that seems to be pretty much the way the singers in brussels they see this as a bit of a triumph that they got everyone more or less to the start line more or less the same time. There's been a bit of teaching but not too much. The interesting thing will now be. Do they use this as a way to build up further. You wide healthcare competences. So will it be more of this coordinated by will be be more of this planning for pandemic preparedness and for instance declaring health emergencies on an e. You roll the leaving it to the national governments spaces. So yes i mean. The bureaucrats in brussels never miss an opportunity to build their empire fair enough. That's the business that they're in. And i think that if this goes well that will have helped that person long a bit and as opposed in in any case getting these things out and to the people throughout europe couldn't have come soon enough we all really at a very very bleak point in the even lucien of the pandemic in the second or even third wave. I've had three hundred fifty thousand people in the eu. Already dad's up. The death rates in germany are close to a thousand today that set the whole phenomenon of creating and manufacturing and distributing vaccine in under a year is pretty remarkable. We lose sight of that. But it's still been an awful awful tragedy.
More nations banning flights from U.K. due to new virus strain
"Over the last week. Growing list of European Union nations and Canada have banned flights from the U. K and others are considering it. The moves made to try to block a new strain of the virus that's sweeping across southern England and they don't want it to get to the continent. France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and Bulgaria also announced restrictions on UK travel. Health officials say this new Corona virus variant is 70% more transmissible than the existing strains. And there are already pretty transmissible
A Bulgarian Feast
"Let's start today's culinary edition of travel. With rick steves for the sampling of bulgaria's lively food traditions. That's one country where you definitely want to be invited over when he was going to be a feast as a crossroads of dynasties for centuries gary is one of the oldest tenure in it is a proud cuisine based on all of these cultures that have come and gone it. Mir's it's complex demographic makeup end it's fascinating history. You can learn about people through their museums and art and you can also learn about a culture through its kitchen and right. now we're going to is. We're joined by stefan motza jeff and we're gonna talk about book garin cuisine seven. Thanks for joining us. Thank you for having me here. Ick stephan how does bulgaria's history and it's complex ethnic makeup show itself in your cuisine. It's interesting question because we have always been. At across of civilizations turks greeks mediterranean culture slavic culture and all of these different cultures they reflect in our cuisine. And this is the reason why. Our cuisines has many specifics. Okay so you're gonna take me out to dinner and we're going to demonstrate that. What are some dishes that would illustrate the many different invasions that bulgaria has endured the first and most traditional dishes actually liquid. It's our alcoholic beverage. Here rakiya we start every meal with rakiya typically made of grapes or other fruits while we're waiting for ourselves to come. We hear foley. Our first sakir finished your drink the rookie through the meal. Exactly okay. So the first course would be solid kind of salad may have the most traditional one East coat subsc. Sarut literally means a solid from subscribe region this region our capital cities software. So around sophea. But i find that every meal all across bulgaria the beloved chops ca salad. Yes it's like our traditional south in every single restaurant from the obscure the most upscale restaurants to those in the remote villages. This is a must on the menu. If you are familiar with the greek salads. It'll be something close tomatoes cucumbers onions peppers. The best peppers are not the robust but roasted peppers roasted peppers s and on the top. You put some cheese. Typically countries couches. Yes and increase it a slab cheese. Yes is a slab of jason here. We grated cheese. Stefan when you eat the very best shops ca salad. You've been eating at all your life in connecticut. This is really good. Why is it really good. really good. What distinguishes a chops salad. I this is the cheese. The cheese chase is important and the other thing the peppers. they must be roasted in some restaurants. They don't want to work quite much in the kitchen. So they're all but roasted peppers and cheese. I've catcher this is travel with rick steves. You're talking stephan. Both jeb about garin cuisine. Okay you've had your salad. What comes next after salad. It came to the main course. Our main course. Of course a lot of grilled and barbecued meats kickboxing or give up is means meet crooked and meet bo grilled meat balls so these are minced meat or meat balls stuck on long stick. No no no long six. No no. they're just like pure meet. Maha put on the grill and then put on your plate. What kind of spices. Oh all kinds of spices. Actually the spices that we use of course a lot of parsley a lot of do savory. These are very traditional spices and on top of that. We have one very traditional shot in a soul this mixture of different herbs. This is a sauce. It's not a sauce. It is sort salt. Yeah it's okay. Bold colorful sought and different herbs. So red paprika sage savory everything put together and we dip our breath insight and we just enjoy. That sounds very good. Do you have an influence of greece. Greece's a big culture and and a lot of ways. You have the similar environment in your cuisine. What sort of greek flavor would you find for sure. One of the most traditional meals that bulgarians belief. It is bulgarian. It is the moussaka sexually coming from our southern neighbours from from the greeks but here in our version we add just minced meat and potatoes. We don't at zucchini or eggplant inside. No potatoes mainly towards the potatoes and and the minced meat in greece. Of course they have a lot of these appetizers. You have this way of serving people family style plates yes. It is also very popular in bulgaria. The missouri style intellectually is the same word that we use for that. We have different. Appetizers some Cheese some dry sausages and also different dips. Now i'm remembering some beautiful cold soup kind of a vegetable called supporters that this is called the the atar. It is very traditional bulgarian soup during the summer. It consists of yogurt chopped cucumbers garlic. Do walnuts and a few drops of olive oil on the top sound just beautiful. Yes and it saves us during the hot summer days because it can be quite hot in the summer. Yes that's very possible. You talked about the Grilled peppers in the shop salad. But also i remember when i go to a restaurant. There's a lot of stuffed peppers as part of the main course. Yes stuffed peppers. This could be on the menu of every bulgarian family very traditional one. The most traditional one is to have stuffed pepper with rice and minced meat but also on the other hand we have a stuffed peppers with what which is of course and these are very delicious. Choose sca buick
Poland's president tests positive for COVID-19
"President of Poland says he's tested positive for covert, and earlier this week he met with Bulgaria's leaders. So now they're both under
Pandemic power-grabs: autocrats seize Covid opportunism
"At the beginning of this year, protests were roiling India. For one hundred days, hundreds of thousands of Indians raged against proposed changes to citizenship laws that would discriminate against Muslims. It was the biggest campaign of civil resistance in decades. But the protests swiftly died out after local curfews were imposed in response to covid nineteen curfews that were particularly strict in mostly Muslim neighborhoods. Too many these new it seemed like a calculated move by the Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi quashing dissent under the cover of the pandemic we'll muddy don't believe. In. A televised address to the nation on Tuesday, he underscored the dangers of the virus and called for renewed vigilance as the country heads into it's festival season. Eve. The bobbly. Deployed but behind the scenes, there's growing evidence that he's been using the crisis for his own partisan ends. Last month citing the risk of covid nineteen spreading within India's parliament. He announced measures that severely hampered lawmakers questioning the government the opposition walked out allowing this mody to Ram through twenty five bills in three days. These kinds of authoritarian tactics are on the rise around the world. The think tank Freedom House counts eighty countries where the quality of democracy and respect for human rights have deteriorated this year. The pandemic has been terrible not only for the human body, but also for the body politic Robert Gassed economists foreign editor. With everyone's attention on covid nineteen, what a crats and would be autocrats in many parts of the world have figured out that they can do all kinds of bad things safe in the knowledge that the rest of the world will barely notice let alone object and where are the countries where this is the most worrying it's a completely global phenomenon. A one end you've got China, which was a dictatorship before the pandemic but has really cracked in Hong Kong the human rights abuses against the we have gotten worse this year we're finding a lot of places is that the pandemic gives governments very reasonable cause for tightening down on on civil liberties for reasons of public health. But. What then happens is that many of them have taken it further than that. So it's not just that they are restricting public gatherings to stop people spreading the virus. They're also using those rules to prevent demonstrations and protests against their own terrible policies and what does that kind of repression look like in practice So you take in Uganda for example, it was an opposition member of parliament called Francis. Zach. Who noticed that? He's constituents we're going hungry because of the recession caused by nineteen. So he's the give them some help you know packages of rice and sugar just to get them through the hard times. Government had said that only the government was allowed to give out food and if anyone else tried it the government said they do incompetently, the crowds would gather and that would spread the virus. So the president actually said, you know we will charge you with murder if you try to hand out food aid when you don't the government will from. The opposition member of parliament. He was very careful to do it in a way that wasn't going to spread the virus. do packages and have them delivered individually to people's doors on on the backs of motorcycles the day off the he did it the police came to his home. He says jumped the fence while he was showering through minivan dragged him off, put them in prison tortured. Him are unbelievably horribly and they said to him while doing doing it we can do anything we want to you because no one can come out and protest because there will look down because of the pandemic. And that's something we're hearing. All over the. World. And it seems in a lot of cases though that it it's these leaders are doubling down on the kinds of populist attitudes and policies that put them in power in the first place. That's exactly right now, one of the strange things about a panic about a contagious disease, and this is something we can see from academic work that's been done on prior pandemics is that people become a bit less rational and a bit more xenophobic if your political persona is someone who is going to stand Up to external threats, then pandemic is a great time to double down on that. So you see Narendra Modi is government in India has always named Muslims for many of the problems in India, and now they're blaming the most super spreaders of the virus in Bulgaria seeing Hauch lockdowns on Romany neighborhoods and others are Turkeys religious authorities blaming gay people first spreading the virus Malaysian officials are blaming migrant workers, some of whom have been caned and deported. So you're seeing lots of this stuff it's a strangely Popular response when people get and I suppose pandemic conditions make it somewhat easier for for autographs for governments to control message. Well absolutely you're seeing a significant increase in the number of restrictions on the press and it's usually done in the name of public health. So people will pass a law against spreading fake news about the virus, which would, of course be be dangerous and they used that to criminalise any criticism of the government's response to the virus, which is completely different things. So you think all over the place. So in Zimbabwe anyone who disseminates wall, they called false information that impedes the. Response to the virus can get up to twenty years in prison and they're arresting people for things like trying to visit in hospital opposition activists who've been been by the ruling party in. El. Salvador they purged seventy journalists and relaunched a state TV outlet on the the president said I. I'm am watching a very balanced news cost with grin and then adds i. don't know what the opposition will see because of course, what they will see is something that's actually pro ruling party. But look innocence global freedom was slipping autocracy in general sense was rising. I, mean how much of this? Can we definitively pin on the pandemic? You'll right global freedom has been declining since probably just about before the financial crisis of two thousand and seven to eight. So this represents a an acceleration of pre existing trend and with each individual violation of human rights you can never say I mean, it's it's like weather and climate change. You can never say this incident could not have happened without the pandemic I mean would would China's rulers still have inflicted such horrors on on the weekends this year without Covid nineteen with Thailand's King of grabbed nearly absolute powers. would. Would Egypt executed fifteen political prisoners in a single weekend this month maybe they would have done those things but these these outrages would surely have faced stronger opposition. If the whole world's attention had been focused on the pandemic, which is tossing everybody's lives in chaos and sucking up all the attention is much easier to get away with these things without the rest of the world looking at what you're doing. So we can be pretty confident that his a significant factor in why things have gone worse this year.
Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open with an Achilles injury
"Three time champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the tournament because of an Achilles injury. The 39 year old had been scheduled to play her second round match against Bulgaria's Fontana Berankova today, Williams told a news conference. I think I need 4 to 6 weeks of sitting and doing nothing. USOPEN runner up in
"bulgaria" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves
"Bulgaria is a small and mysterious country. . It's one of those lands that Americans just don't visit very much. . It's long faced east impact in communist times it was famously subservient to the USSR. . But. . Of course, , there's lots more to see in Bulgaria and you can learn about a fascinating culture. . When you go there to Bulgarian guides, , joined us in our studio to help give us a better insight and a little better appreciation of the cultural. . Bulgaria. . We're joined by Stephan Bush job and you're. . Stephanie thanks for being here. . Thank you our pleasure now. . Americans we don't know as much about Bulgaria as we know about Poland or Germany or Italy, or , Greece that. . It's not in the news it's signing country of about seven million people probably, , not not a lot of Bulgarians have emigrated to the United States like Polish people. . So many know when I think of Bulgaria I think of a back in the communist times a little country that was more friendly with Moscow, , than the other countries in eastern Europe in fact, , your leader little sort of an communist dictator two-door shifts of Shipka He. . Actually proposed that Bulgaria joined the USSR and become the Sixteenth Republic. . Is that true that? ? Yes that's still in the early nineteen sixties shifts for wanted us to be so close to the Soviets. . So he proposed to become the sixteen republic. . Why so subservient? ? The USSR you know because as a small country, , we have always tried to find our big brother because you're right there in the middle of the Habsburgs and Russia and and. . The meat of all those crossroads and your. . Little so easy to gobble up if you're a big giant country absolutely, , but fortunately, , the Soviets were in the middle of the Cuban missile crisis saw they were busy and they were not interested in having trouble themselves Khrushchev or whoever was the dictator say There's a joke in becan communist time. . The biggest animal in the world was the Bulgarian pig because the head was in Bulgarian. . The body was in Moscow I. . Was that funny. . So many years ago he mentioned the pick <hes> when you have the body of the pick of the good meat is there. . So we produced Oh the good stuff food and it was expected to the Soviet. . Union. . So practically, , this is the reason why still nowadays in Russia they remember all those fruits and very funds legal, , Gary, , all good stuff that came from Bulgaria. . So the big shot in Moscow and wind as well. . Of course, , all the Bulgarian wine. . Oh, , the best bogere in one when Russia. . Well today you don't have that problem. . You've got wonderful traditional food and drink and and Yuri. . What is one thing we should remember about the food of Bulgaria when we visit incredibly fresh everything is fresh. . What's been out of the garden? ? What's IT traditional? ? A traditional meal I I remember some beautiful soups. . You must have a salad. . You must argue with Salads and a little bit of Brandy. . As world it goes with the Salads. . We always have the strong alcohol first, , and then we go to the wine and then we go to the beer you start with the strong alcohol yes, , we do. . We do. . Why is that Stephan? ? It is deep tradition. . What my parents belief is that when we have a trunk alcohol to open your perceptions the food, , this is the best way to taste it when you have a few sips of follow traditional. . Brandy. . Code. . Of Akia. . So when I'm cooking, , if people have the strong alcohol, , I can actually eat my food. . It helps it helps a lot. . Gary is the only country in the European Union that has this surreal alphabet I was in Bulgaria when you're on May twenty fourth, , that's big celebration. . Why does Bulgaria have this <hes> unique alphabet and what's the cultural background of that? ? I remember that day because we were actually fuming Bulgaria episode into our in my hometown. . So it is really important to understand these different alphabet because this is an alphabet which helped to spread the Christianity because it's surreal religious named after Saint. . And <hes> who was his side and his brother Metallica's Methodius and Cyril. So . they innovated this alphabet so they could write down the holies holy scripture scriptures and people could read them exactly in idea to have the Christianity. . Kuo's to the heart close the. . So to understand the holy wisdom to understand the words written, , what century was that this was in the eight, , hundred, , eight, hundred, , , fifty, , five,
"bulgaria" Discussed on The World Nomads Podcast
"That go to an area. That's prime to rabies. You actually need three different injections. It feels suspected of having rabies to make sure you don't get it I when you get is assigned one they give you as the preventative. So okay you you might shorten. You're still going to need three. Yes get the first one before you go and get the other two. If you believe you've been exposed so up to you talk to you. Travel Dr Bet what you today. But if you suspect if he suspects you've got rabies. Please do go. Get those shots untraded. It's one hundred percents vital. Yep Well Ron Senator. Name I win. Who will chatting about Bulgaria podcast at nine Dot Com? By the way he's visited before and is visiting again shortly and he did say the stray dog and cat situation across the country was very hard for him to witness Phil. Okay and what else did he mention look? He mentioned the first time it was a. They struggled with food in pretty much. All of the Balkan countries because each of those countries really made century and he's a Vegan and he and his partner finding it very hard to eat out now the travel slow and cook. Must've they meals at home. So it's not such a big issue which brings us to our next chat with Bridie. She runs world vegan travel offering all inclusive adventures designed specifically for vegans and the vague and curious and I kicked off the chat asking where she gets protein from from plants gorillas and elephants. Get it. I've read your website. Tillis us about Your Business. Sure so we are. Wealthy can travel man. My partner owns the vegan group tool company vacant travel and we organize unforgettable. Experiences are full. Vegans and beacon curious will I actually goods ahead of these interviews to see what the sort of top trains were people typing into find out about vague travel and the one there are two specific? Things they want an eye. How do you do it? And as you said on your website so you not only in the room and where can you do it? I would maybe push back on that a little bit in that I. I really think that you know you can travel anyone anywhere as Vegan. I do believe that and I do think that there are places in the world where it will be a little bit more challenging than others butts best always something to eat as usually fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Available fried rice without eggs is really good. Stand a standby Fried veggies Tofu in a lot of Asia. So there's usually something to eight but of course a lot Egan's and like everybody. They want to really enjoy food. Because let's face it. We we love to eat and their plight. Plenty of places around the world that are you'd is real standout places like Thailand is an amazing place Vietnam can't be an amazing place. Many countries in Europe the United States. There are a lot of places and not just to sort of give a little bit of perspective. I mean I've I've traveled a lot since I've been feeding which is ten years now and I've never gone hungry the whole time so it might not be particularly inspiring. But there's there's definite need something they're going to without. What is your favorites on a Vegan dish? I I am not particularly fussy. I really like everything I can be happy with. A bowl of roasted Brussels sprouts and I can also be happy with a really big dirty burger. I Love Thai food. I love Italian food. I love Vegan versions of food from the destination that I'm going to I. I just really liked it. It's so hot. It's like picking a favorite child or favorite pet hard to do well. We'll have a link to world vegan travel dot com in our show nights. But anyone that joins one of you to is. What can they expect if that vegans they expect to just speak really really spoiled so our trips are like fully inclusive apart from the flights. So you absolutely don't to think about anything so you know you don't have to think about tips. You don't have to think about paying for laundry. All of your meals assaulted only be drinks. Assorted ATIP civil salted. So the idea is to really have our guests beyond holiday and really really spoil them. We work with hotels and restaurants for about six months in the lead up to a trip. They can expect really really great foods that can also expect really good Experienced that sort of designed for vegans. So that might be for example Going and visiting animal organizations that are doing amazing what Cuban animals organized human animal organizations. That did doing Mike as well. So for example in Rwanda. When we we? We had a special tool by the IKAGARA pox which is run by African pots where they gave her a tour of like how this park has come up from being after the Rwandan genocide. Just there was basically. No animals slept and now being incredible place and we all said. Try as as much as we can to. We obviously don't visit Any places that do activities that involve animal exploitation. So we'll start. Try as best as we can to choose hotels that that don't have obvious animal exploitation around the hotel so for example in out. Alsatian hotel because we take over. The hotel in our hotel is very nice. We lost them to take the head off the wall and All of those kinds of things because these things out so nice. Speaking to to sort of save time we'll feel now that it's still bad but which is sort of trying to have a holiday from that but also one of the most important things is Vegans traveling with other vegans. The Camaraderie I mean. I'm sure you nod. When you travel with people in a group tour you often make friendships really really quickly and Of course when your feet and on your with other that's really really nice thing as well and everyone is on the same page and It's really safe. Space than people can express themselves without Spero's upsetting people. You know what I mean. We have Macon curious people join us as well. They will send a spouse of a Vegan and of course we try to make them feel as welcome as possible. And we we get feedback from the non vegans as well and night. No one who said yet they feel judge that for not being big and they feel very happy with how they were included and they really enjoyed the food and they didn't feel like they were missing missing out on anything. Yeah I'M PRETTY INSPIRED BY WHIPS HEIGHTS. We all know sweet. Thank you so much. You'll very welcome at any time. Lovely detect your laps. Drink one I with you vegetables. Cross thank you. We do have some vacant dislike. They would be non vacancies. Well that don't drink and you know you don't need to feel like you have to or the But of course there is plenty to drink was wise. Bridie head soy much information to share and semi lots of links shy nights and we'll have to catch up with her again. Vegas Chapel is huge huge protest lots of info out there so catching up with arrogant like Joe who is becoming a regular on the cast. And he's heated. Share a very different side of Bulgaria with US block. Many allies of the Soviet Union Bulgaria's always got short shrift from the West Kreis Lug `Romania hungry pick any eastern European country. Any country it was lampooned as a place of food. Queues Rabbit Hodge accommodation by privation. Was the only facts of life is just a west and miss once. The Iron Curtain has been drawn back in it stop. Becoming a member of the Warsaw Pact. In ninety-one it didn't take long for Bulgaria to show his true colors which are amazingly vivid and they go back on faded to the seventh century. And that's what the Bulga which are a people's bunch of the gals. I'm Gary that's when they took over a shrunk kits expanded but more or less that was the cool and it's still the case Cabrillo and it depends where you are in Bulgaria to house pronounced Ghabra. Vote in the West Gabrovo in the east. It takes a far enough to learn the difference because they done took to Java and people in the Center I'm told to the west of these differences of opinion they prize and they value each other for not agreeing with the other. If you know what I mean. It's a place that is easy with disagreement at least as far as the whole of Bulgaria goats how gets on with its neighbors is a different matter but Bulgaria is a it's preposterously raucous and at least the news itself you name laughing at themselves. It is primarily but it's also humor of the darkest here you know. It's not like this stuff. There's unfunny not like when someone tells you. A joke is one that was told of when the first day two Gabrovo drivers may on this really narrows bridge and the though wants to back up Because they don't WanNa waste fuel because this This title the comedy capital of the world. It quieted sixty five. And then they started holding festivals and stuff you to send he wants me to. Bulgaria was a close ally of the Soviet Union. The member of the whistle packed. And it's a big big deal and so they knew what it was to want so two drivers on a narrow bridge. Neither wants to backups. They don't WanNA waste fuel was out. Newspaper in begins the read taking the other would send get fed up and then back up but the other driver gets out sits on the hood of his car and says of the Piper Cub borrow it. And that's the kind of kind of almost Jewish humor to be honest even amongst European of East European countries while Garin saw themselves as uniquely afflicted and disaffected and they had this brilliant kind of like counter technique. If you laugh you cry counting if yeah if you laugh you'll cry and you might still crying and they get the joke that big unfunny about funniness. You don't need to be from Bulgaria. He's out needs to have a knowledge of Eastern European Culture. But it does help. It's been a country full of itself that's to say fully acknowledging its place in the world if no anything else was so. Yeah it's got a real sense of its intellectual vigor and what you can do that. I mean intellectual. Bigger can kill a joke because Mike it so on again that own downtrodden kind of comedy. The Scots wonderfully Scottish but they also not English and the Bulgarians though they are funny in their own rights a role so funny because they're not uncaring and the not remain in every kind of culture every culture Scott Huma of its own will pick on its nearest neighbor. English have been cracking jokes. The Irish for white too long. I'd say obviously and Estonia about New Zealand. Exactly and English about Welsh says well I think those sorts of jokes very similar to the ones that the ozzy's crack about the Kiwis. There's a peasant culture that when a countries possessed of exhaustion intellectual might it will always turn on its smallest less culturally kind of with it neither and they'll become.
"bulgaria" Discussed on The World Nomads Podcast
"Are not super friendly against public affection. E- add there are a few gay bars and clubs here. Things are changing. I will say it's dangerous to be queer or LGBT in Bulgaria but just tried to be a little bit more secret about it or dunce project the tower on show. It's very publicly. It's not even what I think. That's what's Society looks at it so I would say if if there are like two women that are in the same sex relationship with would be probably better than two months so yeah but just generally public displays of affection to yourself. Reserve it for the army dabbled recommend not to be very public about it. So avoid any unnecessary and pleasant situations because book is a great country. And you don't want to ruin your experience but just like wanting to show because some some people are trying to even like show is like I don't know people here are also not very very friendly. Two words people that are either queer or eligibility and sometimes especially for Regan's they are like especially those vegans Vegetarians To show an entertainment that you should also be Therrien or whenever is especially Bulgaria? Heaven traveled a lot in the world. Because when you travel you'll get to accept more and more cultures and you see there's nothing nothing wrong with being gay vegan whatever from other religions or whatever so the younger Bulgarians travelling along I was saying. Yeah but I don't know some people just don't don't like throwing i. I don't understand those people because I I love traveling but tight on Joe Johnson. Either because everybody can choose whatever they want with their life and I'm just wondering in terms of a generation shift toward the attitudes of people that have perceived differences whether it's you know my generation change when you've got younger people that are more accepting about the coaches or aware of other cultures. Yeah younger people will be much more receptive to other cultures other different habits from all over the world because younger people are the ones that travel more. I guess very true Svet. The world gets bigger every day links to fix article and he's blogs in China. It's back to the strike folks that he mentioned in his travel safety article. Rabies is common in Bulgaria circuits and medical. Help straight away if you are but on. Some people ask about whether they should get a rabies before.
"bulgaria" Discussed on The World Nomads Podcast
"Especially in the city centre that Kevin. See any butts. I just put it there a safe to because it could be something. That could disturb. People are not used to that but something to look at something to look out for for someone like me. Plenty of safety tips that you have in there. One of them is FICO exchange rights now. That's pretty important isn't it is especially because our currency is to to the euro and it's it's which is a good thing but The exchange rate is one point nine five of Bijon which is about getting let's exchanging for one euro and sometimes because people especially tourists and foreigners when they're visiting they are not very aware in the exchange kiosks at especially at the seaside because they have a local tourists in summer at the seaside. They they add an extra visits elections one so we can get cheated very easily especially like I know. Some friends almost got almost felt. I also almost fell once for that but that it too and you write a lot about travel that could be A university really isn't it? It's troy and that's true here that that that's why I gave a specific example With the euro because Sir Euro is like well. We have the. Most Theresa are coming from From Europe that's by the euro is the most used currency like to exchange in Bulgaria Malaria series of very good tips. There fake taxis as well. The good thing is that they introduced the law saying that they can charge more than foreign level. Which is around two. Euros. I'm not sure how much is in Australian dollars. Maybe like to appoint the thing is there are some that could charged with. Dabo or more. They're similar to the FEC exchanges because they resemble the legit toxic companies like yellow. Okay Mega extend some others. But they just changed one digit in their phone number or.
"bulgaria" Discussed on The World Nomads Podcast
"Of English while the older generations of Bulgarians will probably not have any English at all. So make sure you take that victory. Well we are going to learn about. The older generation Mug area was fit. Who's written travel safety article and we'll address some of the other questions that people are wanting to know about Bulgaria but before he gets into that hour's pretty excited to discover that he has done a takes presentation so had to kick off the chat with the cane. Tonight what he actually spike about. Well I spoke about travel so My topic was what does it mean to be a citizen of the world and currently am I actually translating because it was in Bulgaria. We hosted here in Sofia. Yeah it was in Bulgarian. I'm translating nothing during lunch. And it's GONNA be ready probably in a couple of weeks that that is. I want the whole philosophies behind will Armez is is being a world citizen being responsible exactly especially with all these things that are happening. Environmentally shoes viruses. And all that stuff. We have to be more responsible nowadays especially in twenty twentieth so now the story that you write for us that we sharing in China is about safety in Bulgaria. One thing again stuck out for me because I'm not good with animals that I don't buy as sprite. Animals Bulgaria not the place for me then actually used to be much worse like five hundred ten years ago so they have made great strides to curbing this program. So I put it there because there are like you can see on occasional Outside sometimes and I would say like because people are like on the door kid. I wanted to peddle. I want to like color with an accurate I would suggest that don't do that because you never know whether they are domestic whether they are stray. Maybe that strange. Maybe they carry some viruses or parasites or something. Yeah this would be my concern. They are not. I haven't seen anything aggressive or else or that.
"bulgaria" Discussed on The World Nomads Podcast
"Well this this podcast is about Bulgaria and you spend some time in Sofia the capital. Am I pronouncing that correct? Is it like the girl's name or glad I've been told that it's why at the end. So so FIO- yeah right right. Yeah look I locked to have a crack and then. I'm happy to be corrected. Is it worth visiting absolutely? Because it's such an interesting place you know. It's like the SEC. It's actually one of the oldest oldest city or capital in Europe in actually in fact is the second oldest capital in Europe. And if he has so much history is so much history. But again if you're not into history been there is also the whole new mode and things happening in the capital now. It's really interesting to be there and tubes of that new thing happening for example you know there are over eighty museums in Sofia loan and then If you walk on the street you'll see amazing architecture. An old buildings and historical buildings. But then you crossley extreme. And you're looking at these amazing straight off that seems to be common everywhere on the world like Iceland is one of the capital's was straight up. So what sort of St Optus Bulgaria have? Well the Bulgaria has will particularly Sophia. Had this amazing girl on the wall like any. It's not just like small Wall. It was like big house and I think it's really famous Straight out made by the guy who is quite famous artists. I'm not sure about the name but Yeah I'm sure that you can find these online as well. These particular odd of the girl on the big side of side wall of the House. So it's more like autistic it's not just like graffiti you know it's like more like can. I just say. There is a huge distinction between graffiti tagging and just ruining stuff and straight up which is rightly beautiful exactly exactly and then you know beside that they have amazing food so much food and then it's like not so expensive it's it's I think it's really great. Basin offers slightly different Feeling than experience than you know other cities in Europe so I would say definitely worth checking out. Yeah did you come across anything that you probably wouldn't have found in a guidebook on so many came or ub so surprised. People haven't got there yet so you should go now. I found so many interesting things to do that. I actually didn't really have Before I got there. So for example You know there. Is this a doc restaurant cold till laborers and I do know that it will it? Was there in. I was like I always wanted to go to this restaurant since I watched that movie called the La La Land. It's really good thing. They're doing because the restaurant. Employees people wait no site so they are disabled because they con- C Asser. They're employing them and the whole restaurant is completely doc. It's a very unique experience. You know Perhaps for adventure seeking foodies and When you when you go into the restaurant you know you can check to the way too. And she was really nice like I was by myself so she actually Spoke with me. We chatted for a little bit. She told me how her life is in Sofia. Like in this some circumstances so it kind of like opened up a whole new world for me in a way and I was like literally motion. You know me being there by myself and then also having experienced this whole thing. It was actually a little bit too much for me for that evening. but incredible unique experience. I'd hundred seven recommend to everyone. I mean it's not I mean. This is think one of the unique experience in Sofia in Jones of food and supporting the local communities. While right so I think it's great thing The Knicks the other. One that I remember is The place called. I think it's a place called red flats It's basically it's like Everyday life in Communist Bulgaria back in the day in nineteen eighty sort of Era that that that experience you get when you go here so if you will feel you know visiting Home Fan everage Bulgarian family and then discovering what everyday life was like for like an ordinary Bulgarians during the Cold War and then Yeah of course. The whole works in during that era gets experience. And it's just like nine euro for that and so I think this is also something that is A highly recommended. I think one of the best Mexican to go. And if you don't want to spend a lot of money I think and shopping and eat a lot of good food wine. Yeah thanks Donna. And I believe the artwork that she mentioned in that chat is by the street. Artist must CMO probably not pronounced. We didn't associate straight out with Bulgaria. He may also enjoy learning about the town. The that is internationally recognized as the capital of comedy. And that's lighter in this episode. Lucy is our next guest. She runs a blog lucy on locale.
"bulgaria" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"I've never seen a fake growing before. And they were really really quite tasty. Newer thinking just came in Newton's and their board of Newton so we enjoyed our stay as opal people and it was rainy. Most of the time we were there we had good view of the sky wasn't too low but it wasn't suitable for going out and getting into the water the way had been in the sabre. We enjoyed that so he headed back inland back toward clogged diff- and along the way we stopped in the city of gamble which I think a lot of people would miss if they were cultural explorers. The way we are in your attraction is that there's a tenth century mosque there and in a market that was associated with the mosque or the culture that constructed the mosque that neither one of them is still operating as originally intended the the mosque is closed. And the market's been turned into a museum with some shops in uh-huh but the mosque is stunning. In on a sunny day with the sun shining on and that spire was really something to see and the market is also very attractive and the museum inside. It is really interesting to see for two reasons. One is that there was a local archaeological expedition. That found some really unique artifacts. And I can't tell you what they are because we saw too many museums on this the trip but the other thing that was interesting as they have their large display of cookery costumes and cookery is a dance style style. That has a folklore that goes with it. That's practiced in a couple of areas of Bulgaria. Okay mic on stems and the masks for very elaborate and in in this museum. There are a number of costumes and masks dating from different historical periods of it. Were really fun to see in the woman who operated the museum. When we walked in we walked in? There is a meeting room on the first floor of this market and so we walked in the meeting room there was some displays they around the wall and we were looking at him and this woman came over and said well wouldn't. Would you like to see the museum but cost ten Lavar. Whenever was we said well is it? Is it worth and she said. Oh yes it's worth. She's I'll walk you through so the museum director walks to the museum and told us a bunch of stories about it and it's really has very nicely laid out. It does have good interpretation and in English English and a lot of really really well organized displays including some very contemporary things that involve computer generated imagery and buttons to push. I think that's another example of what we said at the beginning about the lack of tourist fatigue. You walk into place like that. And they're delighted that you're there. They have something they want WanNa share and if they speak English they like the chance to practice their English shirt. So charming feeling that you feel like they're really happy that you're there and it's a nice feeling. Well you mentioned masks and I'm looking at some of the photos of the cookery masks and they're not just facemask their whole elaborate heads in the decoration to look like animals to scare off evil spirits. It looks quite unique. Yes and some of the masks are three and four feet tall right. They're more like ed piece. Yeah it's a better description that's true Interesting we we enjoy that and my cousin. Who is they're working with? The State Department said that they've had the occasion while they've been there to go to a couple of khukri festivals and CDs eighties costumes and masks being used in the actual festival celebrations. And he said it really is. It's a spectacular thing to see. If we ever go back to Bulgaria. I will try to go at a time. When we can see those festivals that would be a treat well and it's interesting for me as you've been talking? I've been looking at some of the photos and following along with you. I have the the impression with some of the places especially in the Black Sea coast. We're talking about such charming cities that it's a little surprising to me still that it's more undiscovered. I don't know if you had the same reaction. I definitely agree with that. I think that was one of the things we hoped for when we went to Bulgaria. And I I think especially on the coast and plotted to which discovered you. You still feel like you've found something. Great that nobody knows about. And you're getting the chance to be there and see it and actually even some of the Bulgarians we met in different parts of Bulgaria. Many of them said Oh. Oh you're going places I've never been and it's not that big of a country I mean. It's about the size of Tennessee but I think that maybe the people there don't travel apple from their own individual regions as much a so. Many of the people we met were interested to hear about her experiences from other parts of the country interest is like finding earning a place that where you are truly a visitor where people carrying on their everyday lives. And doing what they always. Do you get to be there and be a part of that as supposed to participating in a culture that's focused on a tourist economy. Sure although those places where certainly there was tourist economy especially on the coast might have also helped that we you were there in September as opposed to the summer especially when we were in says. Oh people there was a little bit of a dead feeling to it which we didn't mind I mean we weren't really looking for nightlife Type stuff yeah but oh number of the hotels looked like they were maybe closing down for the season and that's something probably be aware of depending on what time of year you're traveling and you're actually looking for Well the thing is if I use the term undiscovered I really mean from. US point of view more so this region was the hot spot before the Iron Curtain came down. If you wanted to vacation anywhere in behind the Iron Curtain the black seacoast was one of the places that you would go and so it was probably very much hopping at the time and then lost some of that tourism as people could had other options basically but it it has been discovered obviously for two thousand years ago but less well known probably to this audience and we did hear especially when we were in the sabre abor. We heard a lot of people. Speaking Russian Scher Tourism Flows East to West into that probably APPs that little side comment to that. When we were in the sabre? We stopped to hear some music being played at a at a street cafe one night and it was a Bulgarian singing. An all Beatles program okay. There was a table of very loud liverpudlians who are encouraging singer on and singing along it seemed entirely out of context and very funny way. That's funny now. You had mentioned a story about a church. visited up in the past when you were in the Plovdiv side side of the pass but you were going to tell part of that later and I don't remember what you were GonNa tell leader all right when we get to plop Dave and talk about day-trips from there we'll talk about that and we can move onto clogged. Okay that's where we're headed right now. Well plum tubes just amazing and I think this year in particular it was the cultural city for the EU okay European capital capital of culture. Yes yes and I think that's something important to know that Bulgaria is part of the EU. So there are things certain areas where you see sort of development money money coming in her. which is I think making it more tourist friendly and especially when you're driving they use consistent road sign edge with the the rest of the EU? So there's things about that that are helpful you know so plugged it was all spruced up this is it's year when you say this is two thousand eighteen eighteen. Yeah that was two thousand. Nineteen it's going to carry over in the sense that puts them investment into the infrastructure. And doing things up. I would say two thousand nineteen they probably did have a heftier schedule of of activities than you might find now that two thousand and nineteen is over but plotted has a grand cadets drian walkway right through the center of it. That's always fun. Parking was challenging. So once you found your spot you you didn't really want to get your car out unless you absolutely. You had to. And we were able to find an airbnb on that pedestrian street. So that's what we did. We parked the car and then we walked the rest of the time. We were there and it sits on top of Roman ruins and they've done a fascinating job of exposing them in incorporating them into the city so as you walk down on that pedestrian walkway underneath that. There's an old Roman stadium okay. There's big open area in the Pasteurian walkway that has railings and you get to look down into the amphitheater. Walk out into it okay. So this is the ancient city of Philip Operas. Yes yes conquered by Philip. Basset on the father of Alexander. The great so you say Roman history even predating that by about three centuries interesting but these ruins are Roman era and they've done a beautiful job of preserving on but it's not like you're going to a site they're just part of the city. The city's cities life just flows in and out of them. Yeah and then. There's a big theater. That's also part of the city. And that's amazing. Story was buried landslide uncovered in the nineteen seventies and they have uncovered it and renovated it and it is now an actual venue for musical performances and theater performances performance is. It's open air. It's way up on a hill. She overlooks the city with mountains in the background. I mean it's it's beautiful after photos. I see a Plovdiv Arthur theater her so definitely a stunning and rightly so. Yeah it's pretty amazing and then there's a really cool arts district on the Capanna. MEANS THE MOUSE TRAP. Yeah because the streets rates are all short crooked and so it's supposedly feels like a mouse trap when you're in there that has lots of good restaurants in statues. We stayed right near there. It was very accessible city and again with all of the Roman stuff. Felt like something. Pretty special. One of these Patty's at about parking in driving. Just reminding me to say that. I don't think anyone should feel hesitant about renting a car and driving in Bulgaria. The roads were excellent the Zayn into his good even though it was in Sorolla and we didn't have any trouble as US drivers getting around using our way and there was no there was no problem with beliefs. Shed boings or anything that would deter you from running a car and taking trip and you should've. There's excellent Internet so you can pretty much count on using Google APPs. Okay even in a rural areas are cousin who works there and lives. There said he has better etter Internet in that country than he does when he's back here in the state interest I'm very inexpensive. We bought a Bulgarian Sin Carbon. We arrived in the country as we did in each of the countries we were visiting. And I don't suppose we spent fifteen or twenty dollars for a month's worth of high speed Internet access between the two of us that's like half an expensive meal. The other thing that you need to know is that you cannot rent a car elsewhere in Europe and drive into Bulgaria which is what we originally thought we were going to do okay has to do with insurance spirit several stories. Somebody said the people outside of Bulgaria think the cars are get ruined if they when they're in Bulgaria I don't know but that's something people need to now as you. We flew into Soviet rented our car from the car rental agencies that you can rent a car in Bulgaria and drive right out. You can't read a Gar- out of Bulgaria and drive it okay. Most all the cars are manual transmission. Sure can't get automatic transmission Asian Cup pretty much true in Europe. Yep by default you would expect a manual transmission car and you can reserve eight automatic often or a robot transmission. That was one I had recently which is halfway between almost like an automatic but not good back back in the seventies. Volkswagen offered something called an automatic stick. Yeah this is like that exactly from plopped if there are three side trips that we'd recommend and one of them is to see the Thracian Tombs and 'cause unlock and those are the Thracian tombs date back about five thousand years and this was a culture that came in from the south east of what's now Bulgaria and settled there in some of the fertile valleys and raised a lot of wine. I'm an delis to hear the Bulgarians talk about drank as much as they raised. Because they were notoriously drunk rations but the wealthy thracians built tombs and we went to visit the one in Kazanlak which is probably the most well known of them can't actually go into the to the tombs closed because they don't want to damage it but they built all right next door to it. An exact replica. Okay four or five people would be cozy in there but the walls are decorated with frescoes and the ceilings are painted. And it's really really interesting to see and you go through a little tunnel to get into it and they have a few little displays of funerary goods that might have been found in those tombs but there are a lot of of those around that area Bulgarian as we drove on the roads. We saw the their mounds missile. You can recognize them as you're driving past eight of them and the museum has preserved and operates four or five of those that you can go and visit on a schedule and tour geyser without tour guys so that was interesting and then that was on the way to see the church in Shipka which is on the south side of the Shipka pass this is our Russian Orthodox Church. It's just just what you would imagine and again if you look at pictures of Bulgaria. I'd be surprised if this wasn't one of the first two or three that popped up the Shipka church which has the gold onion onion domes Bryant painted and it has a massive set of bells that were cast from the bronze shell casings. That were recovered from the battle of Shipka pass ask okay the Bulgarian martyrs who died the Shipka Pass battle are all interred in the crypt of the Church in the church is beautiful and it sits on a hill. You can see it from quite far away but you can also walk up to it and walk through it..
"bulgaria" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"Age or anything again. I think when you go to a place like Bulgaria part of it is the quest and being satisfied side with yourself for finding these things and feeling like you're someplace that maybe not a lot of people I've ever been. There can't go in with Western expectations of. Oh I'm GonNa even have wonderful signs that they're going to tell me everything about what's here. It's partly the adventure of finding these things and then maybe using google to look up. What some of them are or or Google translate to read the sign? Will you talk about a quest. I'm guessing that giving you had troubles finding some of these places that you decided added that you have a love for craft and that sort of things and that's why you picked out these places and were seeking them out that it wasn't just the to stumble across these places. Tom's a big planner before we go did a lot of research before we went. And so yes some of these towns. We went to for that very reason. We'd heard might say combination of the crafts work but also culture think we have learning about how a culture developed what part of the culture war the roots of. What what you're seeing today? Where did the culture that we're seeing today? Come from probably for me. The two most satisfying things about this trip. Worst first of all to learn in about an entire history that I had not been familiar with before I said that my world his education was sorely lacking because it ignored in everything that happened in Bulgaria in the course of five hundred years. And it's a really rich and interesting history. They have there and the thing that I really enjoyed was the difficulty difficulty that we had in. Finding these places of difficulties may be distressed. But the work that you had to go to to find. It really gave us a sense that we were entering into do the culture of this place rather than looking at a cultural picture that had been constructed for us by someone so that as as Westerners we could understand it was the real deal where next we went on a long east to the Black Sea coast and since it was our fortieth wedding aniversary. We decided we were going to do something. That was a wedding sports. And so we went to the resorts and resorts neighbor. And Sa's Opel along the Black Sea coast hosed and we didn't understand when we decided that we would do that that these resorts are resorts from antiquity. Oh Okay and I. flaky stopped and to savor was nicknamed the city of Churches or the town of churches and there were dozens and dozens of churches and chapels that had been built over over over a thousand years mostly having to do with the sea and the industry of voyaging and fishing and the sailors. I would go out never knowing if they were going to be coming back again and the people who both mourn them in anticipated. They're coming back but it's very very old town. And most of the buildings are constructed of stone and some of them are ruins and some of them are still in use is relatively small area easily walkable on foot and when we pulled in we got to a gate that said You're only allowed past here if you have a permit so we called the hotel we were staying they said. Oh Yeah you have to park in the parking lot and we'll send somebody down to get you and that's one of the pieces of advice we give to anyone who's going. There is make sure you find a place to stay. That is in that. No Saber old town because you can easily get around on foot but it's difficult to get to in a vehicle right if you can even get in there. I mean you have to have a pass to be able to get into the old town A less expensive option would have been to stay outside of the town and say oh. We'll go in there for a day trip but really one of the charming things was being there overnight. Seeing it quiet down for the evening and then wake up in the morning there are plenty any of tourists who do come just for the day. It was quite special being there overnight. And when you've seen more expensive more expensive by a Bulgarian standpoint or nothing. Everything was very expensive. I mean that was what the other fun things about going to Bulgaria. We didn't say that was another reason to go. Your money goes a long way and so you you get to do a Lotta things style that you wouldn't normally be able to do them if you're some somewhat of a budget traveler. So what kind of budget would I need for this sort of thing. For instance for the Black Sea resort is the most expensive place we stayed and we stayed in an old hotel a third floor room with the balcony overlooking overlooking the Black Sea and I think it was sixty dollars a night as expensive rooms in town and we can walk from there down onto the Black Sea it was September and it had been called before and it was gonna be cold and rainy not really cold but the weather was going to. Guns was going to shift but that evening when we arrived it was ninety degrees is like I am here. I am swimming in the Black Sea and so we walk down to the beach there and we were able to swim in the Black Sea and that was a thrill to be that close and have that as a possibility. Now I will say. Tom Said we chose to stay in the resort areas. I think think it would be important to say to not get confused. There are some modern resort areas that I would recommend not going to the what you WanNa do is see the old cities ladies and be in these really unique locations. I think there's some high-rise beaches just down the road for the type of travel we do. That would not have been as appealing as where we did. Stay in an. I didn't quite find where you stayed on the map. I know a lot of people talking about going to Varna. Pitcher further south yes it's Sabre N. E. S. S. E.. A our county is also a really great archaeology museum. Their I mean their history goes back to the thracians. who were there five thousand years ago in the range of history that you're also getting to see antiquities from his mind boggling an American yes? We had advice from a couple of people that in some of the places we went it would be good idea to hire a guide and we did here and it was in the sabre and it was a man who was on the staff of the archaeological museum there and he walked around town a couple of the old churches and told us about the history and walked us through the museum. And I don't know if other people are like me but I began to get museum fatigue. And you see a lot of old pottery things stone things and old would things and pretty soon and you know. It's just another old pottery thing even though it's a fascinating artifact from five thousand years ago and he was able to tell the stories of these things really bring them to life for whereas there was a a display that showed types of anchors that had been used along the coast over the course of six millennia. Okay and you'll vist one on their with Iraq with a couple of holes punched in sharpened sticks through the whole any said. Oh Yeah. He said we took that out and tried it. It works really well. The people from the museum taking these things out and try them in the harbor but one of the things we enjoyed in our time with him is that we had a long conversation about the orthodox religion and about religious practices over the history of Bulgaria. And how how those had both influenced the culture and been influenced by the culture so taking the opportunity to talk with a local person really gives you an opportunity enrich your understanding of why it places the way it is well and I think especially. It's a culture that we don't have a lot of knowledge about and there were things that were foreign enough to officer confusing that we had questions that would come up. We would would ask each other questions about. Why do you think this is important so to have a half a day spent with a smart local person to answer? Some of those questions begin single. Who could speak English? Right was really nice and on a longer trip like that we were there for three weeks was a chance to ask some clarifying questions. Which I so I would recommend guide? It's it's not something we'd ever done before and I wouldn't want one all the time but it was helpful that the recent you'd mentioned this as a city of churches and the questions asked why so many churches and we didn't say is this dates back to a time in the Roman Empire what we now call the Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome but they called the Roman Empire where this was a place where the emperor would send people that had gotten in trouble the and the emperor but he didn't want to kill them as they were in exile here and they all built their own family church because they were wealthy. People who had got in trouble with the emperor of you weren't wealthy when you get in trouble you got your head Cup chopped off. And so that's why they used to be more than forty churches on this little island. We didn't hear that story. We were there but that certainly does explain why there were so many of them by guys. They were a lot of judges. Yeah well it sounds like not all of them even are in existence anymore there so so they used to be more a lot of them are ruins now and we can move along from newspaper with the young man. We had as a guide their recommended many to us we will. We might want to stop this town as we were moving south along the coast called Kamori which was his hometown. He said there's a salt works there. That's really interesting and so we did. And we left neighbor. We have in south down towards his Opel and we stopped and Primorje and wound our way eight through an industrial area and through a bunch of these old communist Fifteen or twenty storey cement apartment shirt and out Out On little isthmus. That sticks out into the sea was the pool. Maury salt works in the salt. Works have been in operation since the time that the thracians were there and were operated. Two Great Prophet by the Ottomans during their time and much of the original equipment is still there and still operation made out of wood. hand-carved pegues eggs being operated by draft animals and salt harvesting ponds terms of the Black Sea. And and so they've battle museum there which was not a particularly good museum in the sense that we weren't able to understand much of the displays that were in it but it was really interesting thing to see the equipment and to see it operated to bring home with us a couple of big handfuls of salt from the Black Sea. Salt Shakers are filled with salt from there. Now they are ironically. You haven't heard the episode that the listeners will have heard last week because it from where we sit in time it will come out for four weeks but we talked about the Celtics in Taiwan just last week so important commodity. It was your salary whether whether you were the worth year assault. Both of those words in English talk about the value of salt in that time period. So we went on down the coast from there to Sukhpal which is another historic doc fishing town but it has at least in our experience that much more of a art since to it and there was a lot of contemporary work being done on thereby artists and as you walked through the town there were a lot of galleries and lot of stunning views and a lot of really nice restaurants. It seemed seemed to us a bit less historic than the sabre but still quite ancient and now she drove around or walked around. The street that was the perimeter are pretty much. Everything was a hotel and most of them had a really Nice restaurant in them. So a lot of choices for nice dining could seafood and again that was probably our most expensive meal probably caused thirty five or forty dollars for.
"bulgaria" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"The amateur traveler talks about craftsman and churches one last stand Communism Byzantine Ottomans and Thracians as we go to the country of Bulgaria. Welcome to the amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christopherson with no further ado. Let's talk about a road trip through Bulgaria. I'd like to welcome to the show. Tom and Patty Burkett. Who are coming to us from Ohio but come to talk to us about Bulgaria? Tom Common Patty welcome to the show. Thank you hi there. And what is your connection Bulgaria. Well I have a cousin who's in the. US Foreign Service listen. He's posted in Bulgaria currently and is married to a Bulgarian woman and we decided to celebrate our fortieth wedding anniversary that we would like to do a trip that that was a bit more exotic than we usually do and that since we had a connection there in Bulgaria and had heard on your show that Bulgaria it is a country that is more like your might have been several decades ago that it would be an interesting place to visit and we discovered that that was absolutely true. And I think that feeds into my next question which is why should someone go to Bulgaria. Well interestingly we got that question lot from all of our friends and family I have. I'm not surprised and actually also from many Bulgarians who said why. Why did you come here? I think one of the really exciting exciting things about Bulgaria. It's on the crossroads of history. The Turkish empire the Roman Empire Communism. And so it's an absolutely fascinating location. You're interested in the development of culture. I'd add two things to that. I that we started out the trip by spending a couple of three days in Munich and Budapest and Vienna and we were amazed at the difference in tourist fatigue between those cities and our visit in Bulgaria and Bulgaria. We were the interesting interesting thing that was happening to them. Rather than the other way around some people in small towns would go out of their way to call somebody up and say. Hey they're Americans here. Come look at. Oh that's hilarious. Excellent well kind of I recommend for us. We spent more than three weeks driving around the country and we prefer to avoid for the most part areas that are highly touristed and we recommend starting in Velika turnover which is the old capital of Bulgaria and driving through the country to the Black Sea coast and spending a bit of time. There are and then driving on mush more southerly route and ending up in Plovdiv and taking some day trips from Bo Velika Tore Novo and plugged it. Okay excellent well. Let's start that immortal. You started in. You flew into Sophia and we did about. He has a good story about arriving there. And and the surly alphabet renew knew ahead of time that we might not find people who could speak English. So you're prepared for that and we knew of course that the CYRILLIC alphabet was different and we had done a little. Oh studying before we went pretty hard to get it in your brain so we got there pretty fatigued after flying. Think we had to take two flights to get there anyways as we got in. We had to rent a car. We're getting to our AIRBNB about dusk. And all of a sudden it hit us as we were trying to park our car and we could not read anything on any street signs except every one of them had a tow truck on the bottom so we finally sort award of figured out that thinks said things like well nineteen hundred eight. Am sounds like maybe you can park your overnight and so we punt with some of that and that we did have to say had a moment where we between our fatigue and trying to park this car in the country we were really unfamiliar with. We looked at each other and wondered if we'd bitten off more than we could chew but we actually ended up within an hour of that finding a friendly face at a restaurant and spoken Galician relation. Who helped clarify that? We had actually interpreted the sign correctly and we found US bought park. It was good to park at until later. Eight thirty the following following morning and the following morning we got down about fifteen minutes before the deadline expired to discover that someone had parked behind us and the car even in such a way that we couldn't possibly get it out so we're standing there wondering exactly what we should do about that in a woman got out of a nearby. You're by car that she was parking and pointed at the sign. As if to say you shouldn't park here after eight thirty and we were thinking that boy we would like to be able to get out of there if we could. Fortunately maybe someone was looking from a nearby window and who was not partisan and came back and moved it so he could get out. Welcome to Bulgaria exactly and this was in Sophea and we drove out so-fi later that day and we're not sad to see it in the Rear Review Mirror for at least a few days. Excellent will you start at us then in Velika turnover yes Adele. Novo is the first capital a Bulgarian. And it's a beautiful city. And there's a large fortress there that sits up on a hill and it has a sound and light light show that operates most nights of the year. I occasionally. It's not working but there's music and narration and the city is situated on several hill. Also we were on a hill that faced the castle so from the balcony of our apartment. We were able to watch the light show at night. We couldn't hear the narration but we could the music and we could watch the lights. Change of the fortress walls light up and the castle keep light up and it was very matic and an interesting to seem all in Bulgarian. Rian internal Danny's okay set off by the moon and the stars. It was romantic and fascinating and we were able to stay in a an apartment apartment. That was just along the craftsperson street there in Velika Tore Novo shops. The ones that weren't restaurants or little grocery stores were operated by artisans who were wood carvers and icon painters and potters and they all were all there practicing their craft. We could walk down the street read and visit with them and see the things that they were working on. It was really delightful. The street was over Hong with umbrellas so at night they had those lint it and it was very romantic as well. I'M GONNA guess you're talking about the some of SCA car Shia the Complex well in Velika turnover. I would say that was that was an ideal location. Because it's a very hilly city so you're able to do a lot of up and down hill walking. That was the place for her to be at your central location because we can walk to those vendors and then there are other places in the city we could drive to but we felt that that was a great location to be centered in. And were you finding out through Airbnb or through some local site. Or how does your apartment on AIRBNB. Yep We did use AIRBNB and we did USA local connections for some of the lodgings we stayed and when we were there as well but not that one that was airbnb like we found the AIRBNB. Were we had good luck with them. The the quality of them were described accurately. It was a little bit more rustic of somebody's a high end traveler. These were not that okay. It was what we were looking for. We were in somebody's home. We had our own area of the home with their own patio but was not a luxury but it put us right where we wanted to be excellent. One thing that I note about Bellcore Novo is it is on hilts and so if you have any mobility issues as we with our older older joint sometimes do the combination of hills and cobblestones something. You need to be careful of and something. You'd want to pay attention to when you were choosing where you he wanted to stay if you've heard his name when else do we want to see. Well we're in Velika turnover while we were there. We took a couple of day. Trips on one of them went to visit something. Something called the booed Lucia meeting center or booed Luge Memorial. It's a gigantic assembly center. That was built during the communist era. Ready to host Communist Committee meetings and looks like a flying saucer perched on the top of a mountain and has a big spire standing next next to it and then some monument or sculptures that surrounded at lower levels on the mountain and it was really an extraordinarily thing to visit. I would have to say of all the things we visited it. It's one of the things that stands out the most. We had to work a little bit to get to it. You had to drive quite a ways to get to it scattered throughout the country country. There's remnants of the communist era. There's a fair amount of communist era statues and this place is crumbling in a sense now. There's some talk of trying to restore it but because it's crumbling. It's almost a mysterious symbolic remembrance of the communist era and it's huge you come to it from a distance. You really can't imagine how you huge it is until you actually are on top of it so there's no visitor center. There's there's no people they're they're they were. Maybe six other people visiting it feel like you've accomplished something just getting there and it was. It was striking and I'm just looking at some of the history of this and it looks like the Bulgarians in eighteen sixty eight photo would sound like the Bulgarian Alamo. There if he will. We're a small band of Bulgarians were defeated by a larger band of Ottoman Turks but only for Bulgarian survived but that helped helped spur the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman ten years later. So that's why the historic significance of this but as you say built not way back then but built during the Communist Mirror is the battle you're talking about is the battle of Shipka pass okay. The monument is built near the top of ship capacity. We approached on this trip from the north side of the past. When we went out from POB DEB on another day trip which will talk about a little bit later? We went up to the southern side of the past. And there's a church there that memorialize the battle and the people killed in it and there's some interesting stories to tell about that but that battle which included assistance from the Russians MHM is important in Bulgarian history and cemented the relationship between those two countries that allowed for a lot of the things that happen in Bulgaria Gary during the Communist Era Interesting Oak log. Irian's actually are pretty certainly can't speak as a Bulgarian but they had a warm review of the Russians actions because what too much about communism what they talk about is the five hundred years of Turkish rule. They call it the Ottoman yoke and the Russians helped them through this battle and some other things helped defeat that come out from underneath Turkish rule that you see many many sculptures around the country with the year eighteen sixty eight on it Interesting from Bill Tore Novo to other trips that are worth taking our to visit the Atar ethnographic Lake village and across Bulgaria several ethnographic villages their living history centers and each one has.
"bulgaria" Discussed on Future Thinkers Podcast
"I don't know. I don't know. Yeah. It there is a couple of days ago. Somebody posted about an event that they were hosting in the future thinkers group, and I had literally been thinking about hosting a very similar event on the exact same day here in Bulgaria in. It was so strange that they posted about it because I hadn't heard about that thing before. And I've been thinking about it for weeks. So it was like, whoa. But then at the same time stuff like this happens to us constantly just synchronicity machines. So this is the other thing, I think is interesting is it's one of those things that seems like if if you allow for the existence of this these different phenomenons in your world model, then you might be more willing to see them and actually count that as a check, you know, when something does happen that's out of the ordinary. You wouldn't like. Constantly be saying. That's just a coincidence. Oh, that's just a coincidence. Even though there are coincidences, but you wouldn't like Chaka really abnormal events to that anymore when it becomes part of your world model. Yes. Sometimes people ask like, do you have to believe in something to see it in the world and actually think no, I actually think that you if you disbelieve most things, then you're just more open to whatever is so being able to exist in a state of uncertainty where you don't necessarily strongly believe anything makes you a lot more open to the world. And that's kind of state that psychedelics can induce in a lot of meditation can induce in. Then you know, after you've been in that state for long enough in enough times that you're able to kind of navigate it in inexistent it without going crazier being scared than the world opens up to you. How do you describe the utility of that two people who would be like, I'm just wasting time? What's the point of that? Probably not for them. Anyway. Yeah. Probably not for them. The only argument that I can make is that the world is changing very very fast right now is difficult to make sense of anything. Anyway. So being in this kind of state of openness is just adaptive OK. Yeah. It's improving sense making. Yeah. Yep. Yep. So so take psychedelics kids. No. Know. Yeah, I guess we have to make make a disclaimer don't take things that are legal in your country. We are not advocating for anything like that. There are countries where those kinds of substances are legal. You can do your research and make your own decisions. There we go absolved. You guys in the next.
"bulgaria" Discussed on FT World Tech Founders
"Company and it can offer tech companies, great connectivity, it's ranked among the world's top thirty countries in terms of internet speed. However, they can sometimes be problems with basic things like electricity says Mr. Sondal we had a lot of problems in the beginning with illiteracy and internet. Yes, we have the faucet internet in Europe and the first four pension Bulgaria. But the cables were hanging in the trees which meant that when the parking car came by a remember the first year running, we had our internet tone down four or five times and there was no other way because you couldn't dig up the street and get new cables in and so forth. Now we have six connections and everything else, so everything's running fine. But as few things where you like, how can that happen? You know. And then quite a lot of funny things happens. We had an electric company that was used to doing the same thing for twenty years, which was twenty years switching off the power supply and changing generators during a workday because the thought about the convenience anybody and when you running into with five. Six hundred stuff getting switched off translate. It's just so much you can do with backup generators, but running whole day, sometimes two days and sometimes on announced that was a bit of a tricky one. Those things are getting better. That leads us to this other question about how much the IT industry is really changing. I mean, we see extrordinary official figures of growth of revenues in that industry. Having grown something like six hundred percent of the last ten years. It's over a billion euros now. But what else have you seen Rune in terms of the changes? When I first came here, there was a lot more people work. Those a lot of things that infrastructure wise wasn't so supportive. But one of the most of the change is that the outlook and the possibilities that survey lable now with foreign investors like myself and others coming in with sort of hops and start at founding. That's come in. Then people have a better outlook for what possible. And that means that studying programming and so forth. KOMO popular courses and training and upgrades of. Skills is very abundant. Now there's more private academies. There's more places to actually learn and grow, and that's a huge change. You mentioned paperwork and bureaucracy it has that been decreasing then in the time you've been there? Not yet. I think that the Bulgarian government has a long way to go before they will help like in the UK to help the startups. The government is still primarily focused on production companies and the infrastructure industry is that seemed to be the industry they were working on before, so starting to get help in the IT sector in so forth, starting to get help with the paperwork, I mean is still enormous here. There's a lot of signatures stamps, little papers, it's a little bit backwards. This a lot of things you can't do online yet. I mean, generally were quite behind be government than like how we can throw Nick digitally Beezer company. Accidentally finances. Another thing was much as we have very good banking system that linked quite twelve with profits, being stable in things. I will save a few of them are ready to really support companies that doesn't have factored into collateral. Nevertheless, Mr Rodney of is planning to stay in Bulgaria. As his business grows. The company currently has around four hundred stuff, but plans to more than double that we believe that with structure. We have all the systems in place in corporate governance and other things we can throw grow up. Two thousand people is and ProVia around the points only deliver. Structuring, so we can take it for the future. Go. We are planning to actually grow five times in the next three years, we have our social target police bucks to try to reach out to one billion people that are potential any point of time. Despite foul small it can be used. So some of not to process, some of the Finnish study says that they're, of course, that's only going to be possible if we are working with one of the biggest Finnish service providers, the galaxy, they're buying dedications of companies. So this is part of the market. Thanks for listening to world tech founders. I'd like to thank the trope FT contributor in Sofia for his part in putting together this podcast, if you'd like to hear previous episodes from
"bulgaria" Discussed on FT World Tech Founders
"Prices have gone up to almost what London prices where a couple years ago, the average net monthly salary in the Bulgarian, IT sector is now around fourteen hundred years approximately four times more than the average salary in the country. It's starting to change the IT industry says Mr. Radimov seeing the the salaries of netted sector being probably the best paints in vogue at him. So it's not that easy like five, ten years ago to say, for sure. This is to be cheaper for I do believe that we are still very much ahead in terms of cost benefit analysis for our IT people rising salaries could however help turn Bulgaria into more of a tech hub in its own right. A developer in London and software can be paid the same and comparing your lifestyle and your quality of life than having the same salary and software that you have in London. It's a whole different life. You're you live like a king here. I think that a lot of the benefits Nago like, well, if I can choose job in London where paid the same, but my rent is so high. Why should I go? So I think there's a lot of talent staying, which is a change. That's definitely happened recently. It's interesting. We might be seeing the brain drain than beginning to really reverse. I think what it is is that there's going to be more hops like this. The most important thing is is about the network that's beginning that wasn't here eight years ago, but a network of people who've done something and the experiences getting there. So yes, I wouldn't say it's a brain drain, but is more at that knowledge clusters building up. One of the biggest recruitment challenges is not so much developers, but finding talented business manages says Mr. Rodney, the management Tarrant in bogere is the bee's deficits on the market. I read the developers outdoor track because the competition's high, but actually experienced managers for managing significant opposition is the most. Their thing that we struggled to find the. Hey, how resolve that this we important or chief commercial. Chief original series of Nitish lady living in Kenya, our two, four, but additional stories must. These are probably the challenges. Gary, a rates highly as a place to start a new.
"bulgaria" Discussed on FT World Tech Founders
"Arts financial service across the globe. This Arado founded software group in two thousand nine with a few colleagues. We will working in the national consultants. And maintain the core banking sector. It was clear that the potential of the customer such changing, they're seeing that the religion taking place in other areas of life, including Facebook. But now while terms they started expecting that the financial service providers should be able to provide something police seamier those very convenient than the easy to use that is aware. We still see though so the musicians as threatening. So we thank to help them. We also suffered from developing markets as we saw more challenges there, and we saw them they being more ready for throwing the -nology jumping completely new ways of serving. The customers working mainly in developing markets has had its challenges says Mr. Rod eb some places that we work like man, Morrow Muslim big lawyer. In Pacific environment, these challenging can we need to provision the system to be ready to operating of flying malt still do the set of known. Many of the companies that has been born in US. For example, western Europe, they have developed not assuming that the internet will be there activities, fine, stable. They get very surprised when day get through awfully kind the people tell them, but we don't have Christie for five days and we still do to serve the customer Susan knowledge. So we might sure that our proposition actually does that kind of case. Well, that's on top of the usual entrepreneurs dilemma of convincing clients that new products and technologies are going to work. Shift. Now, it's easy to say like it on the back throws note that the short in the very beginning when we were going to different financial service providers, explaining them how these mobile or by three or any of those child, Noah, Jake in the work, it was very challenging to convince them that this is even possible. So of course, now days everybody knows that these things worth, but this is opening few years. That was probably one of the most challenging a French to software group success, however, has been the big pool of developer talent available in Bulgaria says, Mr Rod, we select the bogut own purpose. We have other potentials for Donald pool, like offices in Mexico, Philippines, India, even Kenya, but we still decided were is going to be Mainardi center in this is where everything. That is related to producing the software is done to happen forgetting so could be cutting good with thirteen month, Monte logic, other skills like that. The value much presently have a lot of town in those areas any it Ceesay to actually attract the people with that kind of skills to work for the national company with exposure software grip is not the only company that is taking advantage of this workforce. A number of international companies have moved into Bulgaria over the past decade. Foreign investment in the country was more than twenty. Nine billion euros over the past ten years and many large international tech companies have opened development offices or data centers in the country. Locked of international companies are hosting their clouds state zanthosyn, everything in vogue getting so old. This has been really helpful for us to grocery style. I would say three d. the charts and we intend to continue main patients. One international arrival was ruined sullen, doll, a London-based, Danish entrepreneur, and investor who started a business in Bulgaria, eight years ago ruin a lot of foreign investors have been going to Bulgaria as someone who is primarily based in Denmark in London. What was it about Bulgaria that attracted you to the country? First of all, it's the access to labor at a photo price and talent. We started with a coal center the first thing, and then we found out IT skills for a bundle. We found out that a lot of the skills of we needed for customer care, even for marketing now are abundant and did price come into it. Of course, when we started the salaries were within the where now they've gone up. When we came. I was one of the lowest wages in Europe even finding that now with so many companies wanted to start their IT operations in Bulgaria. That is becoming quite difficult now, a higher good programmers, developers and so on. It's getting harder to get a certain type of developers and..
"bulgaria" Discussed on I'll Drink to That! Talking Wine with Levi Dalton
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"bulgaria" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour
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