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Earthquake in Sofia. Shaken in the night

May 22, 2012 5 Comments by

I woke up, then I screamed. Dazed, I wondered what was happening. The bed, the wardrobe doors, and the half opened door, are shaking and rattling loudly. The ceiling was moving in a blur above me. The lamp swinging vigorously. And this deep roar…   …   “It’s an earthquake (wikipedia link)” said my girlfriend. 03:00 […]

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The Essential Guide to Bansko

Mar 30, 2012 15 Comments by

It’s now out. Ready for free download. The new Essential Guide to Bansko E-Guide. 71 pages of  tips and info to help transform your Bansko experience, in both summer and winter seasons. Like many Bansko businesses, here at Bansko Blog I receive emails from both regular and new Bansko visitors wanting to know Bansko tourist information. Firstly, I […]

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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

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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