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A- Z Of Bulgaria

What are the first things that spring to mind when somebody mentions "Bulgaria?"

 

Well there are so many interesting factors to life in Bulgaria, that I think it would be difficult to sum up the country in just a few words. So, at Quest Bulgaria we have decided to make our own A-Z guide of all thing Bulgarian.

A is for Ayran = The popular yoghurt drink that is enjoyed at breakfast and is apparently a good cure for a hangover.

B is for Bulgarian = The national language of Bulgaria.

C is for Cheese = Cheese is a very popular food in Bulgaria. The most common types are yellow cheese and white cheese (white or sirene cheese is like feta). Cheese is put in to many Bulgaria dishes and is also enjoyed on its own too.

D is for Diet = The average Bulgarian diet is very natural and actually rather healthy. Although the diet often consists of various sausages, cheese and other fats, the diet in general is natural and doesn't contain many additives.

E is for Entertainment = The Bulgarians know how to have a good time anywhere and at any time. In both cities and rural areas, the locals will always find something to do to pass time and keep themselves entertained.

F is for Foreign investors = Compared to before, there is more and more evidence of foreign investors in Bulgaria now. These range from hotels, shops and food chains.

G is for Gorgiev Den = Gorgiev Den (Bulgarian St. Georges Day) is on May 6th and is one of Bulgaria's most celebrated national holidays. This is also known as Bulgarian Army Day.

H is for Horo = Horo is a type of traditional Bulgarian dance. It is interesting to watch and is something that has been kept in the Bulgarian tradition for many years.

I is for independence Day = Bulgarian independence Day is on September 22nd and is one of Bulgaria's most popular and widely celebrated national holidays. This marks the day when Bulgaria finally became independent from the Ottoman Empire.

J is for January = In January there are many name days. In the whole of January there is a total of 15 name days!

K is for Kazanlak = Kazanlak is a town in Bulgaria that is famous for producing Bulgarian Rose oil, which is one of Bulgaria's most popular exported products.

L is for Leva = Bulgaria's official currency.

M is for Moussaka = This is a famous Bulgarian dish. It is slightly different from the Greek version, but equally as good in taste. Moussaka consists of potatoes, minced meat, vegetable and is baked in the oven with a yoghurt and white cheese topping.

N is for National Holidays = Bulgaria have many national holiday throughout the year, some are more widely celebrated than others.

O is for Orehi = Orehi means Walnuts in Bulgarian. Unlike other countries, walnuts grown freely on trees here and are relatively inexpensive and are ready to eat in September. They are used for cooking in hot and cold dishes, and ate with Bulgarian yoghurt. They also picked when still green in the spring and pickled for the winter.

P is for Patriotic = Bulgarian people as a race are generally very patriotic people. Bulgarians are proud of their history and heritage and thoroughly enjoy their life in Bulgaria.

Q is for Quiet = Bulgaria has a low population and is rather quiet and not as crowded compared to many other countries within Europe.

R is for Rakia = As soon as you step on to Bulgarian soil, it will not be too long before you hear the famous word "Rakia!" Rakia is a Bulgarian spirit and is similar to Brandy. Rakia can be bought in shops all over Bulgaria and in the rural areas locals often make their own.

S is for Sofia = Sofia is Bulgaria's capital city. Sofia has many shopping malls, tourist attractions and also a spectacular mountain range.

T is for Tarator = Bulgaria's famous summer soup. Tarrator is a cold soup that is made from yoghurt, water, garlic, cucumber, oil and dill. This is an excellent meal option during the summer.

U is for Union = Bulgaria joined the European Union in January 2007.

V is for Vino = Vino is the Bulgarian word for wine. Bulgaria make their own wine and produce wine of very good standard. Red wine is drank during the winter and white wine is the preferred option through the summer months. The people in villages in Bulgaria also make their own home made wine, which can be very high in alcohol strength.

W is for Weather = The weather in Bulgaria can be very extreme depending on the area where you are. In the middle of the country, the weather can get so cold during the winter months that the temperature can drop to -20'c or lower on some occasions. However, in the summer months it has been known for temperatures to reach as high as 45-50'c.

X is for eXcellent produce = Much of the fruit and vegetables you buy in Bulgaria are produce of Bulgaria. Bulgaria is pretty self sufficient and produce much of what they need in the country.

Y is for Yoghurt = Greeks claim that they created yoghurt, but few people know that it was actually the Bulgarian's who first created yoghurt. Bulgarian yoghurt is the best in the world and is extremely versatile. You can use it for cooking, drinking or eating alone.

Z is for Zagorka = A popular Bulgarian beer. Zagorka comes from Stara Zagora, which is where it is made.