Did you know I had a roommate in college from Bulgaria? Yep, I sure did. Her name was Gergana. I have no idea if I'm spelling that right, but we'll go with it. We called her Gery (said like Gary). She was really sweet and a good roommate. If you've lived in a college dorm, you know what a nightmare a bad roommate can be. After college we lost touch. Now, I wish we hadn't.
Unfortunately, I didn't learn much about Bulgaria from her. She did drink massive amounts of coffee . . . not sure if all Bulgarians drink that much coffee (there's a gross generalization), but if I consumed as much as she used to, I wouldn't sleep for two years. Anyway, since I didn't learn much about Bulgaria from Gery I've had to draw from my own knowledge (limited at best) and do a little bit of research. Then I found out that my own knowledge was incorrect, and I crumpled up in a pile of despair. A bit dramatic? Maybe, but I hate being wrong. It happens like once a year. I'm going to blame my high school world history teacher for my misconceptions about Bulgaria. Needless to say, I had always been under the impression that Bulgaria was part of the former Soviet Union or U.S.S.R., but low and behold it wasn't. It was however an ally of the Soviet Union. It was also a communist country and was formerly known as the "People's Republic of Bulgaria". Kind of like being the Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Please don't ask me why I typed that. It just popped into my head. Okay, so back to Bulgaria (sorry about that). After years under communist and socialist rule, Bulgaria became a democracy. By the way, we (the United States) are not a democracy but a republic. If you don't know the difference look it up. It's too much to explain here, and I'm all about Bulgaria today.
Bulgaria is bordered on the north side by Romania, to the west by Serbia and Macedonia, and to the South by Greece and Turkey. The Black Sea lies to the east. Which, by the way is beautiful. I would post some pics, but I don't want to get thrown in jail for copyright infringement. I'd never make it. I'm a wimp. Here is a link to a map where I got this valuable information:
Because Bulgaria is a Christian nation, with most people claiming to be Bulgarian Orthodox, their holidays and traditions are similar to ours. I've looked up a million (or 20 or 30) different Bulgarian recipes. A lot of the ingredients they use are similar to ingredients we use, but the food is prepared a bit differently than ours. I'm going to work on learning a few Bulgarian dishes, and once we receive a referral, I'll learn more about what our little girl (or boy) likes to eat.
So there you have it. A little bit of info on Bulgaria. Most of this information is (very) loosely paraphrased from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgaria) and other sources (most of it is considered general knowledge). So if you