Archaeology is a very hopeful science. They study and dig, sometimes finding nothing at all, and then all of a sudden history-making finds can be unearthed quite by accident in an unplanned location. Such was the case in Bulgaria in 1972, when an excavator operator digging a trench for an electric cable in the western industrial part of the city of Varna discovered several gold objects, and what appeared to be pieces of ceramics, in the soil discarded by the machine.
Romania has long held claim to the vampire tourism title, owing to Bram Stoker’s famous 1897 novel Dracula, set in the Romanian countryside of Transylvania. While a work of fiction, Dracula nonetheless had its roots in Romanian history and historical tales of vampires, and Transylvania has become culturally synonymous with vampirism.
Baba Vanga, a Bulgarian mystic, was born Vangelia Pandeva Dimitrova in the village of Strumica at the foot of a mountain range in what was the Ottoman Empire. She is believed to have lost her eyesight at the age of 12 during a massive storm or freak tornado, when she was picked up in a fierce gust of wind and dumped back down on the ground.
Bulgarian beauty Nina Dobrev almost isn’t fair. She magically skirts the line between cutie-pie and sexpot, and she doesn’t look at all out of place when her style veers significantly toward one lane or the other. The talented 27-year old actress, best known for starring in the CW series The Vampire Diaries, was born Nikolina Constantinova Dobrevain in Sofia, Bulgaria.