Category: The pile in the corner

Odds and ends that don’t really belong anywhere else

Craft beers in Bulgaria

Coming to Bulgaria can be a bit of a disappointment if you enjoy drinking real ales in the UK. The commonly available lagers are thin, insipid and mostly give me a headache. You can imagine my delight then when I discovered that Bulgaria has a thriving craft beer movement, mostly comprising microbreweries. I discovered this when a film crew came…

Why Bulgaria?

This is the most commonly asked question both from our helpers we’ve had this year and also from enquires on our blog; why move to Bulgaria, as opposed to Portugal or France where there are many more expats. So here goes! It all started about 8 years ago when I was volunteering on an archaeology project. There I might an…


We filmed this on a fairly busy road towards the end of our trip. We’d been bouncing along this road for so long, slowly driving round the massive craters in the road, while trying to avoid all the other cars coming towards us trying to do the same thing. Competition for the bits of road that were left was fierce at times, especially with the juggernauts!


Signposting in Bulgaria is like nothing we’ve ever seen before, but the Bulgarian way is apparently common in Europe. Instead of a signpost pointing to the nearest town, and having other destinations along the way marked, signposts usually point to either Ruse, Sofia, Varna, Burgas or Istanbul. You’re expected to know which direction you want to go in.

Also, while signposts on the main roads were in Cyrillic and Latin alphabets, off the main roads they were all in Cyrillic. This made finding our way around very complicated, and led to some nifty map work from Julie, and a lot of pulling over to the side of the road while we decifered roadsigns