The collapse of Communism brought on the abolition of the "zone," and visitors are now welcome. However, it also spawned the near-total breakdown of local industry, causing huge unemployment and mass migration to either the big cities or abroad. Not unique in the least as many other places like that have experienced a similar fate. Welcome to Small-Town Bulgaria where time has ground to a standstill, the locals are still welcoming and your journey will likely be through both space and history.
Where in Bulgaria are you?
And the Winner Is...
Mihai Petroff, an entrepreneur from Bucharest, Romania, is one of our readers who guessed correctly Sinemorets as the answer to our Where in Bulgaria Are You? quiz in Vagabond 104. Luck brought him the award, Vagabond Media's travel book Hidden Treasures of Bulgaria 2. In Bulgaria, Mihai Petroff likes Veliko Tarnovo, Sinemorets and the food, there are no things that he dislikes in the country. He reads Vagabond because he finds new travel destinations in Bulgaria and in the Balkans. "There is also plenty information about Bulgaria, its history and present days," says our winner.