Hungary, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Libya and Mongolia.
Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, Suriname.
Turkey, Uraguay, Vietnam, West Xylophone, Yemen, Zimbabwe….
(In case you do not know this song you NEED to listen to They Might Be Giants.)
In today’s blog we are gonna talk about one of the places on my wishlist of places to go. I actually was inspired by a fellow blogger, Emely, from Flukypixels, Who you should definitely check out. She posted her reasons for wanting to visit Peru, and it was that post, which you can find here. That really made me think about my list of places that I want to see in this big, wide, wonderful world we live on.
One of the first ones that popped in my head was actually in the list of countries from the song above, called “The Alphabet of Nations” You can find the Artist on itunes here. (Yes. They do make a lot of children’s music. If you have children, then you definitely might know them as they were the ones who sang the theme song from Disney Junior’s “Mickey Mouse Club House” They are also the ones who sang the theme song for the hit show Malcom in the Middle.
The country that I want to talk about today is Bulgaria! I actually took an interest in it when I met a planner friend online who was from there, this was actually the same year that Bulgaria had REALLY impressed me with their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest.
I took one term of Bulgarian language in college. (So I am 100% now an expert… (That is a lie. Please do not believe that) ) For me it is important to learn the language of a place before visiting. (even if it is just the basics.) I believe that language and culture go hand in hand, which is why I think it is so important. In order to truly experience a place, I feel like its important to be able to talk with people, learn from them, and walk in their shoes.
So I want to start off with saying that these are just the places that I have looked into, this is by far not a complete list as Bulgaria is a culturally rich land with lots of history. This can be seen in many ways, not the least of which through the number of UNESCO heritage sites they have within their country. (10 officially on the list and 15 that are on the tentative list. in case you were wondering)
In the link above you can see the list of places that are marked as heritage sites, but those are not really the areas that I want to talk about. (Here is another article in case you wanted to know a little more about the places. )
I have to admit, I am a museum nerd. I would 100% spend my entire vacation going from museum to museum every single day when I go to a highly packed tourist city. (I can talk about my trips to Stockholm one day here, and you will see what I mean) But for the sake of this list I am going to try to keep museums off of it unless there is one that can’t be missed.
So the first thing I want to visit in Bulgaria is Розова долина (Rosova Dolina) or Rose Valley as it is more commonly called in English.
It is what its name states. A valley south of the Balkan Mountains where they have a very large industry growing roses. (This area produces 85% of the world’s rose oil)
Each year they have a large festival during the harvesting season to celebrate. I think it would be really neat to visit for the festival, as the pictures I have found make it seem like a LOT of fun! To see some of the beautiful pictures from this years festival please check out the official facebook site for the festival here.
One of the cities that I am looking at to visit is the lovely beach city of Варна or Varna in English. It is the second largest city in Bulgaria, and is actually the place where the oldest gold jewelry was found dating all the way back to 4200 BC. Varna is a city that has a LOT of history and yet still feels modern (according to what we learned in my class, and the internet… but considering my teacher confirmed it and she is from Bulgaria, I am inclined to believe it.) Oddly enough, my current city Malmö Sweden is listed as a sister city to Varna.
One of the things that I want to see in Varna is Варненски археологически музей, which is the Varna Archeology Museum, for those of you that do not read Bulgarian. Its one of Bulgaria’s largest museums. Here is a nice video that shows the history of the museum. (Its in English)
Also in Varna, as it is a beach city you will find Златни пясъци, or Golden Sands. Although I am not sure about trusting this website for booking anything, this appears to be the “official” website for the resorts on the beach there.
I am not generally one for beaches, (I don’t tan, I just burn) I made an exception for Golden Sands when I was adding things to my list as it looks simply WONDERFUL.
The next stop is in the capital city itself! Its called the snail house, and I think the picture says it all. It is not a museum, just a fun looking house, and I really want to be able to see it in person!
I also want to go see the city of Veliko Tarnovo (Велѝко Тъ̀рново). This is one of the most historically rich cities in my opinion based on what we learned in class, as well as what I have learned through my own searching.
Those are the main things on my list, of course this is definitely not complete, and I did not even begin to mention the delicious food that I am excited to try.
Is Bulgaria on your list of places to see? If not where do you want to go? What is something to see where you live now? I would love to share my city with you all, so maybe when the weather is better I will go get some pictures of my beautiful city and share some tips!