Blogger has this lovely page where one may see how many people have viewed one's posts and from which part of the world they have done this. I had a look at the breakdown today after a little surge in views, and saw that 52 people in Bulgaria have stopped by my blog in the last 24 hours. Or possibly one odd person 52 times. In any case, it made me think: what do I know about Bulgaria?
The answer to this question is a bit embarrassing. Acknowledging that Geography has never been my strong suit (once I woke up in Geography class to find that the class had ended and I was alone in the room), all I could come up with was Sofia is the capital, people there shake their head for yes the way I shake my head for no, and Dimitar Berbatov.
I now feel the need to redress the balance a little. Here are ten things I just found out about Bulgaria:
1. Bulgaria is Europe's 16th largest country by area (the UK is 11th & Belgium 34th out of 49)
2. This is the Bulgarian coat of arms (I do love lions):
The motto says: Saedinenieto pravi silata
(Unity is strength)
3. the artist Christo is from Bulgaria. I enjoyed his Gates in Central Park a few years ago:
4. The Bulgarian national airline is called Bulgaria Air.
5. The Bulgarian monarchy was abolished in 1946.
6. This is the flag of Bulgaria:
7. Nestinarstvo, also known as Anastenaria, is an ancient Bulgarian fire ritual which involves dancing barefoot on smouldering embers.
8. Bulgarian currency is the lev:
9. According to the Divine Wiki, as of 2004 there were more than 10 million native speakers of Bulgarian in our world.
10. Rakia, popular across Southeastern Europe, is considered to be the national drink of Bulgaria:
I feel a bit better now. I hope you do also.