Bulgarian life

Confession

Confession

  We did it. We did the post-lockdown cliché thing. We went to Ikea. We needed a new teapot, you see. And some margarita glasses – yes, we needed margarita glasses – and Rob wanted some special paint for a garden project. So we figured we’d do a quick...

‘Rona rage

‘Rona rage

This end-of-March snow was an outrage.   We’ve had a snowy couple of weeks here, which has lent an ‘interesting’ new dimension to the whole self-isolation thing. We’ve been indoors for almost two weeks. No spending time in the garden. No popping to the...

Preppin’

Preppin’

This is actually a pretty standard number of toilet rolls for us to have at home. Growing up in a big family, we constantly ran out of loo roll. Behold the mental scars. Nowadays, I get nervous if we have fewer than 40 rolls in the house.   Being a fan of zombie...

Explorking

Explorking

Explorking: Verb. A portmanteau of exploring and walking. Basically a nonsense word we made up.     This is what we’ve been doing with our afternoons lately. After work and a big lunch, we’ll use the last couple of hours’ daylight to go explorking the...

A trip up Vitosha

A trip up Vitosha

  One of the many things I love about Sofia is how Vitosha mountain hulks beside it. We’ll often stroll down the streets and comment how unusual it is, in a capital city, to see a ruddy great mountain squatting at the end of the road. But we’ve never really...

Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle

White trees on a snowy walk.   Happy New Year to you, dear reader. And welcome to Auntie Bulgaria 2020, which will no doubt be pretty much the same as Auntie Bulgaria 2019. Cats. Snow. Wonky stuff in the garden. The usual. So how was it for you, the whole...

Decking the halls

Decking the halls

Thank God for martinis.   It’s not been terribly Christmassy in the Auntie Bulgaria household this December. We both picked up a horrible bug that knocked us sideways for the first 10 days of December. I mean, this bug had everything: aches, shivers, sore...

Hello again

Hello again

If you were wondering why I’d been a bit quiet lately, it’s because I was visiting in the UK, and then going through the customary readjustment to Bulgarian life. It’s like jet lag (life lag?), where the culture shock takes a while to wear off. Our house seems too...