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Next to the small church, where a 19th Century massacre of Bulgarians took place, sits an actual Soviet fighter plane donated to their hometown by local soldiers born in 1949.

The massacre, propagated to the Western world by an Irish-American journalist, Januarius MacGahan, helped focus public and political attitudes on the "Eastern Question." Currently, it is one of the very strong taboos in Bulgaria's history, and even trying to discuss it will probably not be tolerated. Situated in the Rhodope, the modern town, and especially the nearby lake, are becoming popular as a summer holiday destination with plenty of opportunities for fishing and swimming.

Where in Bulgaria are you?

Email your answers by 20 March to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you can win a weekend for two at the Medite Spa Hotel, Sandanski, where you will experience the ultimate in relaxation and service. The winner will be selected in a draw. Conditions apply. Winners of competitions produced by Vagabond, Bulgaria's English Monthly, are selected in a draw. The decisions are final and correspondence will not be entered into. Prizes may be collected in person at the editorial offices in Sofia or shipped anywhere in Bulgaria postage-free. Postal charges will apply for shipments abroad. For customs reasons we are unable to ship alcoholic beverages abroad. Any customs or other duties levied on shipments abroad will be the responsibility of the addressee. Prize winners will be interviewed and featured in the magazine, unless they have specifically indicated otherwise.

Lucy Setian is our lucky winner of the Where in Bulgaria Are You? quiz this issue. Lucy is from Sofia and works as a brand manager and editor of the website AzCheta.com, and is editor-inchief of ArmenGenocide.org. Her favourite articles in Vagabond are the special features and the Bulgarian travel stories. Lucy often goes abroad and makes sure she has our magazine with her, because she can always show an interesting article in English to those who ask about Bulgaria.

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