Bulgaria – Finding My Roots

София, България – Sofia, Bulgaria

History and DNA Cousins  –  9-11 May 2019

One should question who we are even if we think we know the answer. We soon become part of the globe and its history. Unraveling a shared past brings us closer together. 

I last visited Bulgaria in September of 2016. I fell in love with Sofia and Plovdiv, all of Bulgaria for that matter. I did not know at the time that one of my closest DNA cousins is Bulgarian. Primal Instinct, subconscious reaction? It is exciting to be revisiting Bulgaria and meeting my cousins. (more…)

Sofia Bulgaria – Part Two

1-5 September 2016 

Memorabilia and shopping treasures around the streets of Sofia.

Memorabilia and shopping treasures around the streets of Sofia.

Sofia is a city of monuments and statues commemorating religious, political and literary figures. Sprinkled among these are the gems of communist pride and propaganda. All are worth a moment to appreciate what is being expressed.  (more…)

Sofia Bulgaria

1-5 September 2016

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

It’s hard to find capital cities in Europe not overrun by hoards of tourists. Which is why I find myself visiting Sofia, the capital of the Balkan nation of Bulgaria. Sofia is a beautiful, vibrant combination of very old and new and reflects more than 2,000 years of history, including Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Soviet occupation. And I should be able to sample good, cheap beer.  (more…)