The bulgarian people use the cyrillic alphabet, which is hard to understand for tourists. But if you put together the letters in the alphabet below, you will probably make the right pronounce.
А = a
Б = b
В = v
Г = g
Д = d
Е = je
Ё = jø
Ж = zh
З = z
И = i
Й = j
К = k
Л = l
М = m
Н = n
О = o
П = p
Р = r
С = s
Т = t
У = u
Ф = f
Х = h
Ц = ts
Ч = tsj
Ш = sj
Щ = sjtsj
Ъ = _
Ы = y
Ь = '
Э = e
Ю = ju
Я = ja
Bulgarian police car
Well, actually I saw the car a couple of times around my office and was thinking to take a picture of it but somebody put this idea into life before I did :))) So, I got the picture in my mail.
That picture is taken on Slaveikov square where parking of cars is forbiden :)))
Sometimes I wonder how stupid our policemen can get. The streets of Sofia are not that flat you can see holes almost everywhere, so you can imagine what would be the use of this car if you try to chase someone with it. It will brake down after the first 100 meters :)
And to turn a porche into a police car and paint it like that, what can I say :)))
I think there is only one in Sofia so far, I hope they do not get accustomed to this type of cars because it would be a pity for us, the taxpayers.
Koleda (Chrstmas Day) 25 December
Koleda has the richest & most significant rituals of all the Bulgarian traditional holidays. While Ignazhden (20 Dec) sets off the Xmas celebrations, Koleda is the pinnacle and coincides with the Winter Solstice.
Koleda is a continuation of Budni vecher (Xmas Eve), because it starts at midnight with the ritual of Koleduvane. Only men over 15 can participate in this ritual - mostly bachelors, but also engaged or recently-married men. All carry one common name, which vary from region to region - Koledari, Koladnici, Kolednici, Koledare. Younger boys ('kotki'), run ahead of the group to announce the Koledari's visit.
Between Krustovden 14 Sep and Igazhden 20 Dec, groups of 10-15 are formed and a leader ('stanenik', 'starec') is chosen. The groups also have 'torbar' ('magare') who carries the gifts, and 'bogoslovnik' who decides how to bless each house. Generally, they wish happiness and prosperity, but also have a wishes customised to individual circumstances.
The Koledari wear special outfits and carry sticks decorated w/ popcorn and dried fruits, as well as the ritual breads given by the households. They visit all houses between midnight and dawn. The worst omen is if a house is not visited.
The first song begins:
"Get up, house master,
we are singing for you, our host.
Benevolent guests are coming,
good guests, Koledari."
The host gives in turn them a ritual bread, and the group blesses the house:
"From God, we send you health,
and from us, a good party".
The Koledari also receive money, meat, lard, beans, flour, wine. Part of the collected food is given to the poorest of the group or to the church, and the money to the local school. If someone doesn't want to share their gifts, the others will punish him by stealing his front gate or an animal from the household.
The Rilla monastery
Rila monastery is situated in the Rila mountain. Its origin goes back to the eleventh century if your in sofia you must take the trips to the Rilla monastery it's the most beautiful thing you will see in your life the tripe is only about 20-30 minutes from sofi the monastery is like a piece of artwork.
Time to show off :)
All right, here is what Progrmata (something like a cultural guide for Sofia) says:
"This is the club which will never remain unnoticed in Sofia's night life.
Everybody, even on a first visit to the capital, burns with desire to enter the best
This is the club which dictates the fashion
in night life with its one of a kind interior, sound and light show.
The club where music will satisfy
even the most capricious, following
all the fashionable trends in the world."
Here is what I think:
This club is more or less about being noticed. People go there to show off :))) When you look around you don't see that many people dancing. They mostly stand and try to look pretty.
Does not covers with my idea of having fun. That is why I go there only when my friends are insisting on that. This is my own opinion and I am sure that a lot of people will disagree with me.
Actually, if you do not mind that the music is way too laud and the beat is all the same most of the time and that the airconditioner is rearly turned on, the place is OK.
Free for ladies.
I am not sure about the guys. I did not pay attention.
Wednesday to Saturday
22:00 - 06:00 Well, if you want to bother with that, you might dress up more than you would usually do :)