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Dobre doshli


Well I’ve been banging on about moving to live abroad for years and I’ve been banging on about moving to Bulgaria since April 2015, but now my emigration process is complete so you can read this little record of my little life without worrying about me moaning and groaning anymore.

I finally landed at my final resting place (but one) on Saturday 25th June, which was probably the hottest day I have ever known in Europe and I’m pleased to say that it has been at least very warm and almost completely dry ever since. In comparison to what I am used to, I think this can already be described as a long hot summer but there is still a lot more to come before the short bitter winter kicks in.

I’ve got all the time in the world to find my feet here, metaphorically speaking. I have no intention of seeking out real life feet which are, apart from my own, a mere distant memory of my working days of yore. In terms of my new alternative lifestyle, finding my feet has amounted to things like trying out the dozens of different natural yoghurts that are on sale in the shops until I find the best one, going through exactly the same procedure with wine and rakia in the same shops, buying a garden chair for my extensive garden, digging up my extensive garden and disposing of an assortment of weeds that I have never seen before in previous gardening situations, shouting ‘bugger off you little get’ a thousand times a day to the blood sucking creatures that fly around until they have found the tastiest bit of me to bite and taking in the wonderful views of the area in which I now reside, one of which can be found round just about every corner.


Jilly Goolden's Strong Drink of the Month for June 2016.

Jilly Goolden's Strong Drink of the Month for June 2016.


My knowledge of the local tongue is still very limited, though I did have a delicious plate of calf’s tongue cooked in wine and herbs at a restaurant in the nearby city of Veliko Tarnovo the other night. But speaking in tongues is very difficult. I can usually work out what I need to say in Bulgarian but I can rarely understand the reply that I get. I’m sure the people are saying nice things to me because from day one I have been made to feel very welcome here and they nearly always smile when they speak to me. I suppose they could be saying ‘bugger off you little get’ but I doubt it.

I do something every day but I don’t do very much. That was always part of the glorious plan. I have a loosely fitting daily agenda that comprises of knocking up a healthy meal from local ingredients, a bit of exercise, learning a few new words of Bulgarian, going somewhere I have never been before, not scratching my mosquito bites and sitting with my feet up reading a book and listening to the muse of South Eastern Europe. That’s quite a few things to remember but such is the laid back sunny atmosphere here a lot of it just happens without any effort.

I’ve been here almost three weeks now and looking back it seems like a long time and a lot has happened. Too much has happened to fit into one page of this this scribble but if you watch this space I will tell you more as the adventure unfolds.

So welcome to my new world and to my blog. Or Добре дошли (dobre doshli), as my lovely Bulgarian friends would say.

Number of comments: 3

15/07/2016 13:13:19 - Din Studio


22/07/2016 13:08:17 - Jose Gonzalez, E-mail address is hidden


I'm a journalist by profession & I've written for major media outlets. I'm creating an infographic (related to travel) with the help of designer and I would like to co-produce the infographic with your blog (terrysterrifictraveltales.dinstudio.co.uk), Would you be interested in partnering with me on this? there is no fee involved in this.

After publishing the infographic, I'll do promotion in different news outlets and press release sites, so both sites will get benefit with this.

Let me know if you're interested, so that we can discuss further.

Thank you
Jose Gonzalez

03/08/2016 12:14:12 - Richard Wiltshire, E-mail address is hidden, www.uniexpert.co.uk

Well Terry you said you wanted to spend your time writing and not crouching, serf-like, at the feet of your benefactors. Suffice to say that the 'pieds' have 'paid' for you early retirement and good luck to you. I was expecting to just read about Bulgaria, which was a great appetiser (please write more) but then I realised you have been penning your thoughts for years. So today, with little else to do, I immersed myself in your goings on back to 2014. A brilliant, entertaining, funny and insightful read - I stopped for several minutes at the Chilean video and classy latino sounds playing it over and over. I was interrupted halfway way through by my son LLoyd who is setting up all his Marquees at the FieldView Festival in Malmsebury. Not as big as Womad but equally warm, friendly and full of inspiration. He was fascinated when I told him whose blog I was reading. Terry please keep writing. It's not only good for your soul but our souls too. Keep smiling like George Harrison. ps - Sadie is wonderful, she's coming back for her 2nd visit on Friday. Cheers for now Rich & Sara