If you have just arrived in Bulgaria and are still curious to taste the vast variety of authentic Bulgarian meals and drinks, undoubtedly the most traditional and emblematic alcoholic beverage to start your night with is the local rakia. There has hardly been a single guest of Sofia to remain neutral after the first sip. Both locals and internationals either fall in love with rakia or cannot stand the strong taste and smell of the spirits. A common Bulgarian joke – and for some elderly people even a fundamental belief – states that 30-40 ml rakia a day have a preventive effect against different viruses, including the coronavirus. While we cannot guarantee that we believe that giving it a try is essential to your trip to Bulgaria. Rakia – How is it made and what on Earth is it? Largely compared to a fruit brandy, rakia is produced out of large quantities of smashed fruits in a barrel. Then, sugar and water are added. It takes a few weeks for […]
About 3 years ago our Association had many ideas for new and different tours in Sofia. On our daily free walking tour we keep getting asked the same questions: what is the typical food?, how do you live?, why do you nod differently?, how much is the average salary and rent? are there Nobel Prize winners from Bulgaria and so on. So, we figured it out (quite fast) – a Culture Tour is needed. (link for the tour) This is when we started to work on the new tour, we started to research, to attend folklore festivals, to speak to professors of ethnography, to learn new interesting facts about Bulgarian culture, in order to finally put the whole puzzle together. We decided to concentrate on the things that distinguish the Bulgarians and our culture from the rest of the Balkans. This way we formed our top 10 most important things everybody should know about Bulgaria and you will have the chance to experience all of them on our new Culture tour: […]
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