ask-winged-norway  asked:

If I wanted to visit, where do you think I should go? What should I see? Any interesting food?

Castle Tuida established itself as one of the most important tourist places in Sliven and strive to make it one of the places which can be identified Sliven as a tourist destination. – So, Tuida is an option!

Karandila is also a nice place to visit - especially and preferably in winter!


And perhaps even visit Halkata! (“the ring´´) – those kinds of places are nice to visit, because you can clear your thoughts and not be disturbed by others. 


I would also recommend on taking a walk through Ларго (largo), if you want to clear your mind and/or to shop for souvenirs! Старият бряст  ((old elm)) is also really nice to look at! We’re still adding shops and a few other things.
It has changed quite a lot in the past few years! 

[I wish i had photos of what it looks like now]


And special food?
We have many restaurants that serve different kinds of food, but mostly [traditional] bulgarian food, of course! I recommend;

mаратор (tarator), especially in summer! 

Or some шкембе чорба (shkembe chorba)

the classic шопска салата (shopska salata) 

and so on! 


I hope this was somewhat helpful – If you ever come to Sliven, just have fun! 

A new verb

My in-laws contacted a faith healer to help with my recovery, which led me to learn a new Bulgarian verb!

Baya: to faith-heal (i.e. what faith healers do) according to the dictionary: “Secret words whispered to help cure or eliminate pain”

The verb is indirect, so you baya ON somebody (baya na nyakogo).

Related words: bayaneto faith-healing. bayachnika a woman who bayas, a faith-healer.

I feel much better, by the way


Buzludzha; a former socialist celebrations venue, now known as the abandoned communist UFO. Entering the building is illegal and its entrance is locked up, but by climbing through a small hole in the side of building you can enter into one of its dark staircases and explore the building from there. Stepping inside was one of the most thrilling and breathtaking moments of my life.

The hole I entered through reportedly was sealed up just hours after I was there- I feel so lucky to have been able to see the inside!


1.) The One
“This is also inside the abandoned power plant in Budapest. It’s an impressive place, with a huge sense of scale, abandoned machinery everywhere and a strong, haunting atmosphere. I felt like I was in a science fiction movie, and wanted to create my own world.”

2.) Lost in Space
“This image is the result of 180 kilometres of off-road driving in the Kazakhstan desert, followed by 45 kilometres of walking in a highly restricted area. We arrived and there they were; two relics of the Soviet space race in a huge abandoned warehouse. It may be the single most epic scene I’ve discovered since picking up a camera.”

3.) The Lost Era
“This is the Buzludzha monument itself. I decided to explore the monument at night, defying the thick fog wrapping the mountain, to experience a close encounter of the third kind!”

4.) The Mothership
“Linnahall is a former concert hall in Tallinn, Estonia. With a two minute exposure, I could reveal the architecture of the place, which otherwise sat in darkness. To me, it almost looks like a spaceship.”

5.) High Frequency
“This picture was taken in a disused experimental power facility near Moscow, which was closely guarded by half a dozen dogs. After a little persuasive discussion, the caretaker let us in.”

6.) Time Capsule
“In Budapest, I also explored this derelict train graveyard. Located in the middle of an active train depot, I felt like a child escaping reality to walk for a few hours in an imagined world of steel monsters.”

7.) Don’t Fall
“This is a strange structure I found near Sofia, in Bulgaria. The building seemed to be pulling me in. With this image, I wanted to express something impossible, like the work of Escher.”

Pokémon GO is available in twenty-six new countries! 

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland are now able to download Pokémon GO from the Play Store or App Store.

Thracian Shrine Dates Back to Trojan War Period

The Ancient Thracian rock shrine in the area known as Hasara near the town of Angel Voyvoda in Southern Bulgaria dates back to the end of the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age, i.e. roughly the period of the Trojan War, the archaeologists exploring the site for the first time have established.

They have also discovered that the entire Ancient Thracian archaeological complex near Bulgaria’s Angel Voyvoda, Mineralni Bani Municipality, Haskovo District, covers a total area of 50 decares (app. 12.5 acres), the Municipality has announced.

After the start of the excavations of the shrine at the end of May 2016, the team of archaeologists led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zdravko Dimitrov from the National Institute and Museum of Archaeology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences discovered there the ruins of an Ancient Roman fortress and an Early Christian church. Read more.


Photos from Roma communities in Bulgaria by Paul Jeffrey

1. Feride Ramadan Mehmed (left) and her husband Mehmed hold their children Birdzhan, 1, and Erdzhan, 3, in their house in the Maxsuda neighbourhood of Varna, Bulgaria. They are Turkish-speaking Roma, and were violently driven out of one neighbourhood by racist gangs. They took refuge in a United Methodist Church for a year before finding this small house to rent.

2. A woman pushes a cart of material to be recycled in a largely Roma, Turkish-speaking neighbourhood of Dobrich, in the northeast of Bulgaria.

3. Demir Sandev is a Turkish-speaking Roma man who recycles scrap for a living. He lives in the Maxsuda neighbourhood of Varna, Bulgaria.

4. A girl in the largely Roma neighbourhood of Gorno Ezerovo, part of the Bulgarian city of Burgas.

5. Anka Kostov, 70, lives in Gorno Ezerovo.

6. A young woman in her one-room house in a largely Roma, Turkish-speaking neighbourhood of Dobrich, in the northeast of Bulgaria.

7. Necmie Ahmed, 67, in front of her home in Dobrich.

8. Ganime Makmovida, 68, poses with members of her family in the largely Roma neighbourhood of Gorno Ezerovo, part of the Bulgarian city of Burgas.

9. A man heads a ball while playing football in the street in Gorno Ezerovo.

10. Gulten Murat harvests tomatoes in her garden for use in a feeding program sponsored by the United Methodist congregation in Dobrich.


A train derailed in Bulgaria injuring 14 passengers and the conductor. The first people to see and report the train derailing were Romani, they called 112 (911 equivalent) to report it, and they were told they were lying. 

They then went to the train to help rescue people and were told to get out because the people thought they were going to steal.