05 Bulgaria


Compared to Romania I saw much less villages. For better orientation, I have a printed list of all places I pass by, but in Bulgaria for most of them I just saw a sign saying “village X 2km to the left” or so (I did it in the same way, looking on the route drawn by komoot and writing down the names to see along those streets). My interpretation is that Bulgarians have adopted the “art” of “by-pass-roads” for their higher ranking road network, but of course only 240km can deceive my eye.

Another perception also can be an example of wrong extrapolation: Most Romanian villages had a lot of flowers or other arrangements to give them beauty, even when they were not looking rich, in Bulgaria I saw not a single nice village so far.

But while I saw only overcrowded garbage cans and a lot of waste around in Romania I even saw the garbage collection in Bulgaria 3 times. There where also other sign giving me the impression that Bulgaria wants to be more organized. E.g., on those big streets very often are parking areas (and not often the dustbins are overflown)

And I saw: nightclubs and sexshops in the cities. Along the big road I saw advertisements, that at first, I took for swimwear, but the saw something with “playmate” and that bunny. (it is hard to get meanings when most things are written in Cyrillic). An that’s why I also think that those 3 women I saw along the road from Russe to Rasgrad were sexworkers and not just looking similar.

Back to advertisements at the street:
Two times I could see the word “Pesticide” in big letters and also similar things, also from brands I only know as enemies for nature and as lobbyists in Bruxelles… I thought these are bad words and normally they have to be smarter and more indirect with their advertisement. (By the way, I also saw an advertisement for the supermarket BILLA and it was full of vegetables)

My impression of agriculture would fit:
fields (with sunflowers and corn) seem to be much bigger in average, and also in that few villages I didn’t see many signs of subsistence farming like those geese, goats or cows on or near the streets or people selling fruits and vegetables in small or very small (a box on a chair) scale.

In Burgas on many entrances I saw death notices. On a cemetery on my way I saw tomb stones in bright green but as I was too late to make a picture and didn’t pass by another cemetery I cannot say if this is unusual or not.

In general I wonder about many countries how people feel with products labeled only in German.

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