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City Living In Bulgaria

 

Living in a city in Bulgaria is far different from living in many other cities around the world.

Firstly, most of the cities in Bulgaria are a lot less stressful and quieter due to the country's low population. I moved from a quiet Bulgarian village to a large town when I was 17 years old and I lived on my own in an apartment, as I had work in that particular city. Having lived in the UK, I knew of the dangers for a young girl living in a city on her own.

However, I have never felt unsafe walking around on my own and although I am still very aware of my surroundings, I have never once seen any kind of trouble or violence in all my time of living in a Bulgarian city.

Compared to a rural village, living in a town is noisier and busier, due to the larger amount of people. Generally, the towns and cities are busy in the mornings when everyone is travelling to school and work.

Many Bulgarian high schools are not big enough to accommodate all of the students, which is why the school is split in to two shifts. For half of the school year, one half of the school will attend in the mornings usually between 7-8am until 1.30-2pm and then the other students will attend school in the afternoon from about 1.30-2pm until 6-7pm. This is why it is common to see a scattering of school students walking around town all through the day. Most of the towns and cities are fairly busy and lively all through the day up until about 7pm, when the shops are closed and everyone has finished school and work.

Often, whenever I had finished work in Gabrovo at about this time or later, I was very surprised at how quiet and empty the streets were and it was not unusual for me to walk home from work without seeing as much as 10 people. This may sound strange that a city could be closed up by 7 in the evening, but everything soon livens up again when the disco bars and night clubs open up later in the evening at about 10pm, which is when many students and young people go out. It is actually quite funny for me to see how quiet a city centre was at about 7pm yet in the village, where I originally came to live with my sister and parents, the centre bar and shop was very busy at around this time of night!

I must admit that when I first moved to the city, I was worried that it might be difficult to settle in but I was very wrong. In my experience of living in a Bulgarian city, I have found that people are very helpful and friendly, which was very comforting. When I moved in to my apartment, the other people living there soon began to recognize me and would make an effort to talk to me and ask if there was anything I needed help with, as I was new to the block and of course, foreign! The people who lived in the same apartment building as me were all very friendly towards me and although many of the older residents there would make me late for work with keeping me up to date with the latest on their favourite Turkish soaps, they made settling in a lot easier for me.

Life in a Bulgarian city is a very positive and enjoyable experience, and not as stressful or as fast as you may think. Unlike most of the cities worldwide, it is easy to escape the hustle and bustle of a Bulgarian city, as most are not far from peaceful, scenic countryside. It is very difficult to find any place in Bulgaria where you can't see any mountains or nature and a short walk will take you away from the city and in to the countryside, so it easy and quick to get a bit of peace and quiet.

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