My mouth was torn apart between two things. On one hand, the burning sensation of the liquid was so intense that I wished it never entered inside. On the other, the warming feeling introduced such a kick to my oesophagus I wished my lips had met rakia earlier. Much earlier. *** *** *** If you […]

What do Bulgaria and Iceland have in common? Besides that both countries are situated on the Old Continent and they offer jaw-dropping sceneries, Bulgaria takes the second place after the icy country in terms of diversity and abundance of hot, mineral springs. And since Iceland is quite cold most of the year, Velingrad, lately known […]

As soon as the car engine was brought to a halt and I entered the wooden gate of “Levana Guest House”, an irresistible fragrance instantaneously seeped into my nose. Slowly, it spread to all my senses, which immediately commenced celebrating the tantalising odour. The divine aroma, coupled with Krasi’s home-made rosé wine, kept playing with […]

In the history of Bulgaria, teeming with tragic rifts, the symbols of national unity quickly wear out. The national ideals turn into national catastrophes, the Kirilitsa (Cyrillic alphabet) turns into Latinitsa (Latin alphabet), and the national flag sweats on the unworthy shoulders of football crowds. There is one symbol, however, which is indefeasible – banitsa.