Well since Veliko Turnovo is going to be the place to call home for hopefully some time to come, I thought I would post about it. From what I have read and seen, it comes across as the perfect place for me at this stage in my life. It’s beautiful and dramatic.

Велико Търново a.k.a. Veliko Tarnovo is situated in Central Bulgaria and is the country’s former capital city (Second Bulgarian Empire). It is one of the oldest settlements in Bulgaria and is known also as the ‘City of the Tsars’. Until 1965 the name of the town was Tarnovo, and this is still the common name. The old city is situated on three hills, Tsarevetz, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora raising amidst the meanders of the Yantra.  Tsarevets housed the palaces of the Bulgarian Emperors and the Patriarchate with the Patriarchal Cathedral, as well as a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls.  Trapezitsa was known for its many churches and as the main residence of the nobility. In the Middle Ages it was among the main European centres of culture and gave its name to the architecture of the Tarnovo Artistic School, painting of the Tarnovo Artistic School and literature.

So there is a lot of history and culture there, two things I definitely am into. Combine that with stunning nature surrounding the city and I am sold.

Initially I was offered by my employer to either live and work in Sofia OR Veliko Tarnovo, needless to say the choice wasn’t that hard for me to make. I am very much a nature-lover and only moderately like big cities. Being a country-boy by heart I just couldn’t bring myself to live in such a place again. After having moved around a lot already in my life, I am really hoping to settle down. Bulgaria might just be it for me and my fiancee. Neither of us speaks the language but we have already started in learning. We will be opting for a teacher as soon as we arrive next week. Right now we are still living in Cork, Ireland and even though the country is gorgeous and grand, the weather is really putting us off and the expenses of every day life is so much higher compared to Bulgaria.

The choice to move to Bulgaria was one that came quite quickly, within the span of a week I was contacted, interviewed and hired by my new employer. I had hardly even heard of Bulgaria which makes this double the adventure. The people that know me, know I love adventure.

So even though I don’t speak any Bulgarski yet and I don’t know exactly what to expect, I just cannot wait!!

I am very open to meeting different expats and friendly Bulgarians. I will definitely not be one of those foreigners who refuses to learn the language and just stays in familiar surroundings.

3 days and counting till we fly! Whooo hoo!

Enjoy some pictures of Veliko Tarnovo on your way out :).

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