It may be a blast of sound an open air market stall; an orchestra playing at a wedding right on the street; the more refined tunes of Goran Bregovich, but the result is the same. Balkan traditional music has the peculiar quality to move even people who are anyway not much into what used to be called world music. It somehow gets inside you, infects you with its madness, and makes you dance and cry with the joy and the sadness, which you usually prefer to keep hidden even from yourself.

Where the best places to eat are is one of the most important questions a foreigner has in a new or relatively unknown country. Knowing this, Vagabond has sought the sound advice of insiders, who have selected for you humble eateries, exotic places and exquisite establishments for a great or intriguing dining experience, or just shared their informed opinions on Bulgarian food.

Short-story collection tries to explain Bulgaria's capital, amalgamating facts, fables and urban spirit

New book sheds light on deportation of Jews in Second World War

Bulgarian music at heart of Hector Zazou's last album

Story of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha looks like fairy tale, but it happened for real

An Italian book records the sculptures of Bulgaria's Communist heritage
Norwegian helps thousands of Bulgarians after the Great War
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Vagabond Interviews

ERIC LEBEDEL

ERIC LEBEDEL

French ambassador on Bulgaria's quaint villages, storks and why he is not eager to talk with Ataka

Society

EUROPE DAY VS. DAY OF VICTORY

EUROPE DAY VS. DAY OF VICTORY

If you think that 14 February is the high point of the Bulgarians' ability to squeeze culturally different feasts into a single day, think again.

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