March 10, 2014
Sofia, Bulgaria
A woman poses for a picture with the figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of the Soviet Army monument, parts of which have been painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag by an unknown person (via Reuters)

Sofia, Bulgaria

A woman poses for a picture with the figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of the Soviet Army monument, parts of which have been painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag by an unknown person (via Reuters)

February 21, 2014

99-Year Old Bulgarian Man Spent Decades Begging So He Can Donate To Churches

Meet Dobri Dobrev, aged 99, a Bulgarian WWII veteran who has lost his hearing during the war. He is known by the people as “Dyado Dobri” (Grandpa Dobri) who is always seen in the streets begging for money.

For several decades Dobrev has traveled on foot from his small home in the  village of Bajlovo all the way to the city of Sofia, roughly 25 kilometres daily, where he spends the whole day begging. People know him for his prostate gratitude towards those who drop coins into his box, ready to kiss a child’s hand with a smile, and an eagerness to talk to strangers about God. It has been like this for many years.

However it was discovered only recently that all the money Dobrev has collected over the years–around 78,000 lev ($50,000)–he donated for the restoration of churches and monasteries throughout Bulgaria. To the Church of St. Cyril and Methodius in Baylivi he gave 10,000 lev. He donated 25,000 lev to the Eleshnishkiya monastery and the church in Gorno Kamartsi. But his greatest contribution was at 35,000 lev offered to the temple-monument of St. Alexander Nevsky, the largest church in the country.

As for his own expenses, he manages to live with his 80 euros (roughly $100) pension he is given every month. He stitches his own clothes, makes handmade leather shoes, and survives eating just a piece of bread and a slice of tomato everyday. Church leaders visit him in his humble home offering new furniture and financial assistance, but he refuses everything. (via When On Earth)

February 11, 2014
Sofia, Bulgaria
Worshippers gather around candles stuck to jars with honey during a religious mass to mark Saint Haralampi’s day, the Orthodox patron saint of bee-keepers (via Guardian)

Sofia, Bulgaria

Worshippers gather around candles stuck to jars with honey during a religious mass to mark Saint Haralampi’s day, the Orthodox patron saint of bee-keepers (via Guardian)

December 28, 2013
Sofia, Bulgaria
Leonsiya Dokuzova performs during a show at a circus. Dokuzova, who holds two jobs to supplement her income, works as a nurse in one of the biggest hospitals in Sofia, the Balkan country’s capital, and also as an acrobat, performing stunts in movies, TV shows and the circus. (via Reuters)

Sofia, Bulgaria

Leonsiya Dokuzova performs during a show at a circus. Dokuzova, who holds two jobs to supplement her income, works as a nurse in one of the biggest hospitals in Sofia, the Balkan country’s capital, and also as an acrobat, performing stunts in movies, TV shows and the circus. (via Reuters)

December 27, 2013
Sofia, Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s newly elected Orthodox church patriarch, Neophyte, leads the Christmas mass in the golden-domed Alexander Nevsky cathedral. Bulgaria, unlike some other fellow Orthodox countries, celebrates Christmas on 25 December (via Guardian)

Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s newly elected Orthodox church patriarch, Neophyte, leads the Christmas mass in the golden-domed Alexander Nevsky cathedral. Bulgaria, unlike some other fellow Orthodox countries, celebrates Christmas on 25 December (via Guardian)

December 24, 2013
Sofia, Bulgaria
A green sea cat monkey looks as if it is reading a book in its enclosure at Sofia Zoo (via Telegraph)

Sofia, Bulgaria

A green sea cat monkey looks as if it is reading a book in its enclosure at Sofia Zoo (via Telegraph)

August 5, 2012
Sofia, Bulgaria
A man jumps into a pool to cool off during a heatwave. Temperatures in the Balkan country reached 40 degrees Celsius. (via Telegraph)

Sofia, Bulgaria

A man jumps into a pool to cool off during a heatwave. Temperatures in the Balkan country reached 40 degrees Celsius. (via Telegraph)

April 21, 2012
Sofia, Bulgaria
Children wearing national costumes chant the name of Stiliyan Petrov during an event in support of the footballer, who was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia (via guardian.co.uk)

Sofia, Bulgaria

Children wearing national costumes chant the name of Stiliyan Petrov during an event in support of the footballer, who was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia (via guardian.co.uk)

March 14, 2012
Bulgaria Quarantines Smuggled Exotic Animals 
After a Bulgarian was busted trying to smuggle monitor lizards, tortoises, snakes, caimans, pythons, chameleons and other peculiar animals into the country with the use of suitcases, the creatures have been quarantined in the Sofia zoo.
One or two of the animals have reportedly undergone medical treatment. Most of them are still babies, so they have been placed under ultraviolet light in order to prevent rickets.
The Sofia zoo has sought assistance from foreign experts on how to deal with the exotic creatures. Several zoos abroad have been contacted and asked for advice, Sofia zoo director Ivan Ivanov has told the Bulgarian National Radio.
Ten of the species captured in Monday’s bizarre smuggling operation have never before inhabited the zoo (via Novinite.com)

Bulgaria Quarantines Smuggled Exotic Animals

After a Bulgarian was busted trying to smuggle monitor lizards, tortoises, snakes, caimans, pythons, chameleons and other peculiar animals into the country with the use of suitcases, the creatures have been quarantined in the Sofia zoo.

One or two of the animals have reportedly undergone medical treatment. Most of them are still babies, so they have been placed under ultraviolet light in order to prevent rickets.

The Sofia zoo has sought assistance from foreign experts on how to deal with the exotic creatures. Several zoos abroad have been contacted and asked for advice, Sofia zoo director Ivan Ivanov has told the Bulgarian National Radio.

Ten of the species captured in Monday’s bizarre smuggling operation have never before inhabited the zoo (via Novinite.com)

February 3, 2012
Sofia, Bulgaria
A woman walks on a street during heavy snowfall (via Reuters.com)

Sofia, Bulgaria

A woman walks on a street during heavy snowfall (via Reuters.com)

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