My name is Velian, and I am Bulgarian. “Velian the Bulgarian” has a nice ring to it, I think. As of today I’ve spent almost exactly half my life (the first half) in Bulgaria, and the other half in Canada. It’s in the second half that I’ve truly been able to appreciate the beauty and enigmatic charm of my homeland.
In the summer of 2008 I found myself working in a boring office with high-speed Internet access. There I cultivated a side project: a monthly newsletter aimed at expat Bulgarians in Ottawa known as “Plamuk” (meaning “flame” in Bulgarian). It was borne as much out of patriotism and the desire to share some of my country’s stories as it was out of idleness and inactivity. Then I realized that most of what I had to say my fellow Bulgarians already knew, and that an English-speaking audience would be far better served by my writing.
I’ve named this blog “Blazing Bulgaria”, a title than in my mind encompasses two things: my country’s luminous nature, which I hope to acquaint you all with, and in turn my responsibility as a patriotic Bulgarian to show off my homeland and to attract, invite and facilitate new visits and new friendships. In a couple of months, I will be writing about Bulgaria first-hand as I will be there from mid-July to mid-August, compiling city-specific travel guides for Sofia, Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo, as well as some still-unknown mountain destination.
Feel free to write me at vpandeliev [at] gmail [dot] com with questions or suggestions for articles, or even corrections and criticisms. This blog is for you all.