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Posts Tagged ‘Bulgaria’

Sophia’s Squat Shops

Monday, 17 April 2017

Bulgarian “Squat Shops” emerged in Sophia after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Bulgaria rejected fascism and communism in favor of capitalism.

In the late 80’s, private ownership of production was legalized in Bulgaria. Among the first businesses to appear were these small “Squat Shops,” operated out of floor-level cellar windows. Despite more legitimate storefront space becoming available, these small portals remained operational and lucrative – miniature convenience stores catering to the cigarette fix of the passing pedestrian or the midday thirst of those waiting on bus stops, for which patrons have no objection to stooping to street level. An idiosyncratic, now common element of the Bulgarian capital, over time the shops have evolved elaborate displays, framing the small street level openings with bottles of alcohol, coffee, and cartons of cigarettes, often in eye-catching bright colors. –Ivaylo Getov.

Did you get that? No one was allowed to own a private business in Bulgaria until about 30 years ago, and they’re still recovering from that brutal economic oppression.

[Click on any image above for detail. Found via here.]

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Treebeard

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Treebeard

[Found here.]

Update: I suspected that it might be a very good photoshop, but I was wrong. It’s a 65 year-old beech tree in Bulgaria. Via UK Daily Mail 1 June 2016:

Deyan Kossev, 49,  spotted the unusual tree when he was hiking through the forest, saying “nobody knows” why the trunk and branches have formed this way.

“I was walking through the mountains when suddenly I spotted him. I was speechless and stopped in my tracks. It was surreal, it looks exactly like a man does. It has the legs, arms, body and head of a man and they are all in proportion too.”

[Somewhat related posts here and here.]

Full Moon in Oknata

Friday, 31 July 2015

Full Moon_Bulgaria

The Eyes of God, Prohodna Cave, Bulgaria.

By the way, tonight’s full moon is a Blue Moon, as in “once in a…”

[Found in here. For those of you who were awaiting The .Gif Friday Post, it’ll return next week. Promise.]


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