East Europe: Oddities in Turkincha Bulgaria

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Goats and farmer in Turkincha, Bulgaria

While I was traveling in Eastern Europe, my high-school friend, Sarah Spiridonov, made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I hadn’t talked with Sarah since we were 18 years old, but thanks to Facebook, we reconnected. She was married to a Bulgarian and they had two boys.

To help with my book, she generously proposed that I stay a couple of weeks in her family’s summer home in Turkincha, a tiny village about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from Veliko Tarnovo.

I was extremely grateful for the opportunity to take a closer look at a rural Bulgarian setting. The experience ended up surprising me in numerous ways.

 The village of Turkincha

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