Bulgaria is a crossroad of the ancient civilisations of Thracians, Romans, Slavs and Bulgars, which have contributed to a heritage of literature and folklore. Though suffering through foreign invasions, the country has preserved a strong cultural identity. Many of the country’s artefacts are kept in monasteries and medieval churches throughout Bulgaria, while others can be traced in myths, legends, songs, dances, ancient customs and traditions.
Bulgaria has a very relaxed view on tipping and leaving a small tip when you leave a bar after a few drinks will make your waiter very happy. Tipping isn’t usually expected in hotels but in restaurants you may find a 10% service charge is automatically added to your bill. If you take a taxi with a meter, the driver will often expect to keep the change, so always make sure you have a good range of lev and stotinki to avoid handing over a huge note for a small fare. [...]
Bulgaria is a country in Southern Europe. Bulgaria borders five other countries: Romania to the north (mostly along the Danube), Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia to the west, and Greece and Turkey to the south. The Black Sea defines the extent of the country to the east. [...]