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Bulgaria in Communist times

I visited Bulgaria while it was still communist. The first thing that kept my attention was the Cyrillic writings on traffic signs. It took some exercise and learning to manage my way into Bulgaria. These Cyrillic letters are very nice and you feel yourself like in an exotic and unknown country, when you have to read them first.

I visited Bulgaria while it was still communist. The first thing that kept my attention was the Cyrillic writings on traffic signs. It took some exercise and learning to manage my way into Bulgaria. These Cyrillic letters are very nice and you feel yourself like in an exotic and unknown country, when you have to read them first.

At this time in Bulgaria there was still a communist leader: Todor Zhivkov. A few years later, without a bloody revolution, he was replaced by a democratic elected president. Bulgaria was very similar to Romania, in the way streets and urban looks like. Maybe a little more open and a little bit better maintenance then in Romania but still a “Communist Country”.

As in Romania and other Communist ruled countries people tend to be very nationalist and own country lovers. The dialogues, a had a this time, were stereotyped by the fact that outside their own communist countries, the outside world was unknown and seen as a potential enemy or danger. But happily, the things have changed. The last 4 square pictures about Bulgaria has been taken with a Lubitel. This camera was common and could be easily found, in the rare shops, with photographic equipment. I also remember some FED’s and Zenit cameras.

written by swieconek

4 comments

  1. anarchy

    anarchy

    Wow! I love this gallery... Awesome shots!! =)

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  2. lonur

    lonur

    i couldn't agree more. the gallery is awesome! great entry.

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  3. bmurphy911

    Your images really capture the Old World-Iron Curtain aesthetic of Bulgaria. Very nicely done.
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  4. ileto_star

    ileto_star

    As a Bulgarian from the "new generation" I can say that I'm astonished by your pics...it show a picturesque country that I hardly remember, and brings me to the beautiful simple days of my childhood! thank you :D
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