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Bulgaria > Living

Bulgaria

Doing Business in Bulgaria (With a Chainsaw)

Monday May 13, 2013 (18:54:19)

I'd bought 8 houses in this village 80 minutes drive from city Sofia. The agent takes me to meet our new local security guy who will also be foreman of the five men who will clean up the houses & gardens. Mico. Huge, square, ugly & scary. Ex paratroop sergeant. Looks a real b*****d. Very glad I'm not working for him. I agree to pay for a large chainsaw - over 400 euros.

3 weeks later - agent collects me from my hotel in city Sofia. Really small fellow with him, wearing a massive denim jacket with the sleeves turned up. No English. Sits in the back. 'Who's this?' 'Here is Hristo. He is Bulgarian powerlift champion at his weight. 7th in world. I was his trainer' I turn round. The little guy smiles shyly, knowing we are talking about him and takes off his jacket - amazing arms like big legs.'I could not explain on phone. We have problem. Mico is drinking all day with the men. No work. But we will sort it out and get chainsaw back. You do not have to be involved.'   more ...

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Bulgaria

Life as an Expat in Kostenets, Bulgaria

Sunday May 12, 2013 (00:03:54)

by Gilly Lockhart

So what is the pull towards rural Bulgaria for expats? Well, there are a variety of reasons, and probably the biggest is the ability to romance with the idea of running your own business in a beautiful rural idyllic spot, miles from the clamour and din of city life. When you have been used to a routine of 9-5 with hours of travel or mixed shifts where your body is unsure it ever really functions properly then the idea of working for yourself and running your own guest house, so being able to work from home, becomes a more reachable goal and not just a distant glimmer on the horizon.

Our choice was Kostenets village, which is part of the municipality of Kostenets. About 17,000 people live in this area which comprises the following places: the town of Kostenets, the village of Kostenets, the recreational campuses of Kostenets and the Villi zone, Momin Prohod, Momina Banya and Pchelin.   more ...