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Bansko On A Knife Edge

Sep 03, 2011 7 Comments by

                I welcome James Hughes as a Bansko Blog contributor. James, one of the first expatriates in Bansko, has helped many people get the best out of Bansko and Bulgaria over the years. From the mountain bike rally to the opera festival, James has a passion for extending the […]

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Love, Life, Design and the Undiscovered Bulgaria

Apr 29, 2011 No Comments by
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Blog Review: One Year On

Feb 23, 2010 2 Comments by

Picture taken 19th February 2010: A Fine Bansko Morning Today is banskoblog.com’s first birthday. Over 140 people who turned up to the party at JJ Murphy’s first birthday on Friday. Thank You. Like many anniversaries, it’s a good time to look back at what made the last twelve months so memorable. Please read on for […]

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Learning Bulgarian: Mission (Im)possible?

Dec 08, 2009 6 Comments by

I’m not proud to admit it, but my Bulgarian is about as good as my Arabic — that is to say, close to hopeless. At the same time, I’ve met a few expats who have achieved a level of Bulgarian that impresses even locals. In my recent Food Guide, there were names of the dishes […]

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Tattoo You: Art And The Needle In Bulgaria

Nov 22, 2009 4 Comments by

May I ask about your tattoo? I uttered these words within just a few moments after being introduced to Tina. She had joined us with her friend, Silvana, for a drink in Sofia’s JJ Murphy’s. My wish came true. Tina agreed to my request to write  her story.  A tale she recountered with such good […]

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METRO Store: How To Get Your Card

Nov 17, 2009 2 Comments by

Metro supermarket is the daddy of wholesalers. Many sites, but with two branches in Sofia and one in Blagoevgrad it’s ideal for those staying in self catering Bansko accommodation.  I just had to have my own Metro card as, whilst a foreign passport will usually gain me entry, entering the store via a UK passport […]

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The Bansko Song: The Man Behind The Music

Jul 09, 2009 8 Comments

It’s always a huge pleasure receiving feedback from blog readers. And today I received something that was a bolt out of the blue. And it put a huge smile on my face. The message was from Michael Green. He had just searched the internet for info on the Bansko Jazz Festival https://banskoblog.com/bansko-jazz-festival-2009-programme/. Michael told me […]

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