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    Varna, Bulgaria

    This is my home this year, on the coast of the black sea








    City Hall



    The neighborhoods are labeled


    black sea



    Archaeological sites that are under apartment complexes, so so people have to walk over these bridges to get home



    Plaza


    Lots of coffee machines

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    Wow, interesting pictures. Gotta love the brutalist style government building.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Since Varna was a sea side resort, it was always a bit less vocalist from the other places. If you travel to many other cities in Bulgaria you will see lots of socialist architecture.


    We do have lots of statues like this one around the city from the socialist time.





    Currently, this is in front of the city hall. It is a memorial to a man who set himself on fire.




    And more of the Black Sea, which I will miss so much next year in the corn fields of Illinois!

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    Awesome photos. Very interesting design (or lack thereof). It feels very Russian.
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    How's the coffee from those machines?

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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    How's the coffee from those machines?
    It is actually really really good! I am going to miss that coffee!

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    I was there in 1993 and 1995 when I was in the Navy. I remember good food, good beer, and good looking women. If you get a chance you should go out to Sunny Beach. The Navy lets you see great sights, but I was never anywhere long enough to absorb the culture.
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    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    If you get a chance you should go out to Sunny Beach.

    Yup! Sunny Beach is very very nice. I was not much of a beer drinker before moving here, but I now really like Bulgarian Beer!

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    Quote Originally posted by Queenducky21 View post
    ... I was not much of a beer drinker before moving here, but I now really like Bulgarian Beer!
    (Queenducky's stock just shot up 10 points)

    Interesting...Bulgarian beers. To be honest, I don't think I've ever tried any Bulgarian beers. Perhaps you'd like to tell us about the local brews sometime on this thread.
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    Queenducky must tell us all about the beer and other drinks she may be enjoying. I only remember it was good and so was the ouzo.
    Have you had a chance to dance with a bear or get attacked by an organ grinder monkey? You should tell us some of the fun cultural differences, that's the best part of traveling for me.
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    Wanna hear something weird - I went on Google earth and randomly plunked down at a location that appeared to be an intersection where streetview was available....look what came up http://goo.gl/maps/IX8K7
    Look familiar?
    Looking around Varna, it appears to be a bit more modern and developed than I expected, but still has that distinctive feel you get when looking at many cities in former eastbloc nations (e.g. lots of somewhat shabby nondescript large apartment blocks).
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    I only remember it was good and so was the ouzo.
    Have you had a chance to dance with a bear or get attacked by an organ grinder monkey? .
    OUZO is Greek, NOT BULGARIAN!! In Bulgaria it is called Rakia. I honestly cannot stand it, but you know it is a huge part of the culture when your 8th graders start talking about drinking it during class.

    There are no longer any dancing bears in Bulgaria, they were banned. They made a national park and I guess some of the bears still dance. There is a traditional festival (Kukeri) and a dance is done and someone does dress up like a bear.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Looking around Varna, it appears to be a bit more modern and developed than I expected, but still has that distinctive feel you get when looking at many cities in former eastbloc nations (e.g. lots of somewhat shabby nondescript large apartment blocks).
    That is true. Varna is run by the Mob, no seriously it is. A man set himself on fire because of it a month ago. And the mob helps bring in economic development, so it is a fairly nice city. I live centrally, so I can get to a Big Box store on foot within 20 mins.

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    Quote Originally posted by Queenducky21 View post
    That is true. Varna is run by the Mob, no seriously it is. A man set himself on fire because of it a month ago. And the mob helps bring in economic development, so it is a fairly nice city. I live centrally, so I can get to a Big Box store on foot within 20 mins.
    Most of the county has mob ties, but Varna is one of the worst.

    Rakia is awesome stuff!! The only beer I drank while I was there was Zagorka . It was cheap and came in big plastic bottles!

    I was on a school trip, so we were banned from Sunny Beach. We could hear it though when we went to Nezebar. However, Sunny Beach is outside of Burgas, not Varna.

    Speaking of Socialist statues....http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-Bulgaria.html I actually saw that one, but it wasn't painted at the time.

    I loved the time I spent there, hope I can go back some day. I will comb through my pictures and see if I have any of Varna. I took a ton while I was there. I was able to visit Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas, and Varna.

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    Quote Originally posted by Queenducky21 View post

    And more of the Black Sea, which I will miss so much next year in the corn fields of Illinois!
    I was going to mention that buried in the cornfields of Illinois is a small town called Varna. I'm not sure of its history and whether it was settled by Bulgarians. Make sure to make the trip to Chicago. Lake Michigan, by size, is more of a sea and less of a lake.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    I was there in 1993 and 1995 when I was in the Navy. I remember good food, good beer, and good looking women. If you get a chance you should go out to Sunny Beach. The Navy lets you see great sights, but I was never anywhere long enough to absorb the culture.
    Just curious - what ships were you on in the Navy? I was in the Marine Corps and spent quite a bit of time in that region of the world, but a few years later, aboard the Kearsarge, Saipan, and Ashland. I loved the region - so much history and culture in places like Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, and Croatia that you don't normally learn about in school here.
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    Quote Originally posted by boiker View post
    I was going to mention that buried in the cornfields of Illinois is a small town called Varna. I'm not sure of its history and whether it was settled by Bulgarians. Lake Michigan, by size, is more of a sea and less of a lake.
    Chicago has the highest amount of Bulgarians outside of Bulgaria. There are a number of Bulgarian grocery stores. It would not surprise me if Varna, IL does have a history of Bulgarian settlement.

    As my family is from the suburbs (Naperville), I will make it up to Chicago. There are few large bodies of water in Champaign-Urbana, where I will be doing grad school.

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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    Just curious - what ships were you on in the Navy? I was in the Marine Corps and spent quite a bit of time in that region of the world, but a few years later, aboard the Kearsarge, Saipan, and Ashland. I loved the region - so much history and culture in places like Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, and Croatia that you don't normally learn about in school here.
    I was on the USS Hawes (FFG-53) - aka "The Spitting Dick". 6th fleet out of Charleston and later Norfolk. I did two Med cruises in '93 and '95 that both included the Black Sea area. Most of my time was spent in the Adriatic for the whole Yugoslovia is no longer a country problem. I didn't get around a lot of gator freighters in my time. We were typically assigned to NATO and put on box patrols. Exciting stuff. We were sent to the Black Sea for fun things like naval ops with the Romanians and stopping by Georgia as a diplomatic show piece.

    I loved the Navy for taking me to all these countries. It was too bad that I never had time to aborb any of the culture. Part of that is of course my fault for being 19 and drunk most of the time, but I still learned a lot. Like which countries have the best beer and friendlist women. Also, which cities are clean, somewhat safe, and just interesting to look at. Bulgaria does count as one of my favorites places.
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    I've been a bit more interested in eastern Europe. Love these photos! especially the one with the archaeological sites sitting between the apartment buildings with bridges, way cool. Those coffee machines look a little scary... do they close that door at night?

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