First of all… Blagoevgrad looks like that:
Just look at it! Looking so pretty and colorful, with that big hill and that huge cross watching over the city like some guardian angel… unbelievable! And those cute Christmas decorations… and those shiny happy people?! MADNESS! Who would like a city like that?
No one. I am telling you. To convince you, I even made a list of things that suck about Blagoevgrad. Being the kind-hearted person I am, I am gonna share my list with you. Try and prove me wrong!
THINGS THAT SUCK ABOUT BLAGOEVGRAD
Blagoevgrad is located 100 kilometers away from the capital and It’s easily accessible by the brand new Struma Motorway. This basically means that you can be there for 1 hour and 15 to 30 minutes. You can actually wake up in Sofia, think for a moment: “Hmm… where do I want to have my morning coffee on this beautiful Sunday? Oh, why don’t I go to Blagoevgrad for one!” You can pick up your buddies, start the car and head to the unknown. Bon voyage!
One of the things that suck the most about Blagoevgrad is that there are so many cáfes! There are so many restaurants! And clubs, and discos, and pubs, and everything! How do people even choose where to go for dinner?? It’s must be so hard. Can you imagine having so many options to choose between? Can you imagine how do young people feel when they want to go out on a Friday night and there are just so many places they can go to party? That’s just unbearable.
Another thing that I find also annoying is that the city is full of life! Blagoevgrad is home to two of the biggest Bulgarian universities, the South-West University “Neofit Rilski” and the American Univercity in Bulgaria. Probably that’s one of the reasons why there are young people all over… You can feel the good vibes… just floating around… floooating all over the place…
I don’t even want to talk about it’s authentic and cozy atmosphere…
Don’t get me started on the weather conditions there… Winters are usually mild and brief, whereas Summers are dry and long. I even read that Blagoevgrad is the city with most sunny days per year in Bulgaria. And as if that’s not enough! Thanks to the many mountain forests around the town and the lack of industrial pollution, the air in the city is also clean.
Through Blagoevgrad flows the river Bistritsa. 200 m west of the old quarter of Blagoevgrad (yes, that awful city has one) starts the natural park “Bachinovo”, which follows the path of the river. Along the alley there are restaurants, playgrounds, an indoor pool and even an aquapark!
At the end of the alley there is an artificially made lake which is filled with water from the river Bistritsa. For a small fee, anyone can ride a boat around the vast lake. I almost forgоt to mention the beautiful live and breathing swans, ducks and other-kinds-of-birds-I-do-not-recognize.
If you continue to walk you will reach “Vodenitsata“, a tavern where you can enjoy traditional Bulgarian dishes and live music. Behind the tavern is a small improvised zoo, where you can see some Rudolfs.
Near the town is the ski slope “Bodrost”. In Bulgarian “bodrost” means cheerfulness, freshness. Bodrost is actually a small ski centre and a starting point to numerous hiking routes in Rila Mountain. It offers perfect conditions for skiing for beginners. I have to stop here. I can’t go on…
There are so many things that suck about this city! Unfortunately I only spent a day in Blagoevgrad, so I will have to get back to you with the second part of the list with things that suck about it.
In the end, to remind you how awful the city is, here’s again a picture of it:
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