WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

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The Bulgarian National Anthem, Mila rodino, or Dear Fatherland, speaks of Bulgaria as an "Elysium on earth." But toponyms in this country referring to paradise are few and far between. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find any.

References to the devil, hell and the less paradisal side of life, on the other hand, abound. Here you get rivers, bridges, fields, hills and so on and so forth called either dyavolski, or devilish, "of the devil"; or adski, "of hell." Some have been named after hell's Turkish equivalent, Dzhendem.

In the next issue of Vagabond we will bring you the full story of the discrepancy between the poetics of Bulgaria's National Anthem and the "hellish" reality of its proper names, but here we have the following question for you.

The hill in front of the young couple in the picture is called "Hell."

Where in Bulgaria are you?

Email your answers by 30 March 2011 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 Yastrebets hotel, Borovets, where you will experience the ultimate holiday. The winner will be selected in a draw.

AND THE WINNER IS...

Shirley SandfordShirley Sandford from Wales answered correctly the question of our Where in Bulgaria Are You? quiz: the red star from the Communist Party House is now in the courtyard of the former Municipal Bath House. Shirley wins a weekend for two at Yastrebets Hotel & Spa, Borovets. Shirley and her husband Brian moved from Abermule to Bulgaria two years ago and they have been living in the village of Turkincha, near Dryanovo ever since. They are both retired and enjoy the peace and tranquility of their lovely village. She considers life in Bulgaria to be totally different to that in the UK and she and her husband have no intention of moving back.

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