Before this well-deserved health treatment all the Vagabonds had been on the western slopes of the Rhodope mountains, in a picture-postcard village reputedly one of the first to start the big boom of rural tourism in Bulgaria. That village has no more than 20 permanent residents who are sometimes far outnumbered by the tourists staying in the cleverly renovated Revival Period houses. The only restaurant, which is adjacent to the church, has become iconic amongst gourmets in Bulgaria: many are prepared to travel from far and wide to try the meatballs, the tomatoes and homemade rakiya.
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.