You know those times when you just want to say, ‘Up yours, real life. I’m running off to Bulgaria, where you can buy a house for £10k. I’m going to grow vegetables and collect cats, and I’m going to work for myself and life’s going to be brilliant’?
This is what happens when you really do it…

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Auntie Bulgaria is me, Claire Ruston. Not, in fact, a Bulgarian, but a Brit who has made a home in Bulgaria, with my long-suffering partner, Rob. (Or, ‘Poor Rob’, as my actual friends and relatives call him.)

In 2010, we bought a dilapidated village house in the Stara Planina (Balkan) mountains, around 80km from the capital, Sofia. Eight months later, we packed up our tiny Ford Puma with as much stuff as we could fit and drove across Europe to a new life.

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