Tag: British Embasy Sofia

4th July 2014 Sofia, Bulgaria

Our Bulgarian Life

by Mel Barber Mel Barber fell in love with Bulgaria, the Bulgarian people and the Bulgarian way of life almost straight after coming to the country. After spending only a month in their recently-bought holiday house in Bulgaria, Mel and her boyfriend decided to move to the country permanently. Today, five years later, they enjoy life in the […]

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19th June 2014 Sofia, Bulgaria

Two Days Before Sofia Pride

by British Embassy Sofia A couple of days before Sofia Pride 2014, we share a couple of photos of the first UK civil partnership ceremony that was conducted at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Sofia in 2007. The special permission for the ceremony was given from the UK under the strict understanding that the partnership would […]

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27th May 2014 Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria – Where My Teaching Journey Began

by Phil Dexter Phil Dexter worked as British Council teacher and Teacher Coordinator in Sofia in the period 1987-1994. In Bulgaria, he set up and developed centres for self-access English lessons for students from secondary foreign language schools – a project that is now successfully used in other British Council representatives around the world. Phil has many dear memories from […]

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16th May 2014 Sofia, Bulgaria

Strange Old World

by Lynn Bailie Lynn Bailie originates from Sunderland in the North East of England. She lives with her husband and son in a village near Burgas. Five years after buying a house in Bulgaria they moved to Bulgaria permanently.   “That’s the way people do things here. Everyone who gave up their time to help were […]

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13th May 2014 Sofia, Bulgaria

Living in the Boyana Compound in the Early 90’s

by David Stokes David Stokes was Director of British Council Bulgaria from 1991 to 1997. He was the first British diplomat to stay in a Bulgarian family whilst learning the language. David was also asked by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to “run the British Council as if it was in Western Europe’”. David and his wife Pepy […]

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4th May 2014 Sofia, Bulgaria

Beautiful Rila

by David Pert David Pert lived in Sofia from 1996 to 2000 when he worked in the Visa, Consular and Political Sections of the British Embassy Sofia.  I’m David Pert, and lived in Sofia from 1996 to 2000 when I worked at the British Embassy. I lived in the wonderful Boyana area of town with […]

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2nd May 2014 Sofia, Bulgaria

The First Visit of The Royal Ballet to Bulgaria

By Jane Burner Jane Burner lived in Bulgaria between 1970-1972 and 1984-1987, during the two postings of her husband Alan Burner to Sofia as 3rd Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission respectively. Previously,  Jane told us about the difficulty and satisfaction of finding and buying food in Bulgaria in the 70s. This time, she shares a fond […]

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27th April 2014 Sofia, Bulgaria


by Kris P Baykon Kris P Baykon is an ex-serviceman from the UK, who tried the 9-5 life for a few years and didn’t really like it. As a consequence he and his wife now live in rural Bulgaria. Kris runs a blog about his Bulgarian life.  “The good news is that this village does feel like […]

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