...well, my friend, upcoming DJ from Seattle was more than ready to travel to Bulgaria (coast, Sofia and somewhere inland) this summer with his girlfriend. unfortunately some people told him scary stories about guys literary walking up to you and your girlfriend and saying " she is my girl now, what you gonna do about it" and stuff like that...frankly i don't believe it is that bad ( i am from Balkan as well) but on the other hand i haven't been there in a while, and never in Bulgaria to judge. i am totally for him to go, but....now he wants to sell ticket and stay here. any suggestions, advice? help me dissuade him...thanks
[ Edit: Edited at May 28, 2006 12:27 PM by angelbih ]
Sounds like a lot of bs to me. From all I hear, Bulgaria is the next big tourist destination in Europe....
This is total bu'lshit!!!!!It is true that the people in the cities can be a bit rude with strangers,though i said can and a bit.But this kind of terrible stories are just bad night tales to scare kids.Bulgarians are mostly very kind people,and if you go into the countryside,which is according to me where Bulgaria is its best,then you meet only extremely warm hearted people,who could give you all they have eventhough they have nothing.
What makes worry about your trip is that your friend is a DJ.I don't know what you are looking for there,but if it is modern discos,then forget about Bulgaria.Cities are not modern at all,and they are quite dirty.As I said,Bulgaria is to see in its countryside.
But as far as I have travelled,it still remains my favourite place ever.
Hey I'm a girl and I went solo backpacking thru eastern europe and had no problems in Bulgaria. Went out alone to a few bars and ended up meeting some cool people. Didn't do anything stupid, but never felt endangered per se.
thanks guys, i am with you...i really hope this will help him to change his mind (:
Ive been living in Bulgaria for nearly a year, and even as a young (22yr old) female Ive had absolutely no problems. I am American, enjoy going out, and have been to many of the nightspots in Sofia. My boyfriend (also american) joined me over here after my first few months in Bulgaria, so Ive experienced nightlife (and everything else) both as a 'girlfriend' and as an effectively 'single' girl - and have never had the slightest problems. Yes, there are some rude people here but certainly no more than anywhere else. The story you posted about some guy walking up and claiming a girl sounds as ridiculous to me here in Bulgaria as Im sure it does to you.
That said, there is a strong mafia presence here, and I wouldnt suggest hanging out in any of their nightspots. But those are fairly well known, and as long as you avoid them youll be absolutely safe and have a great time.
All in all, Bulgaria is an amazing and very interesting country that is no less safe than anywhere else, and Id heartily encourage your friend to take advantage of his opportunity to come here!
not true at all.
altho nightlife in Varna was complete crap! dont go to Varna... its not safe for your sense of style!
Bulgaria is a bit dodgy , ive been clubbing a few times there there are a lot of prositutes harrasing you , and sometimes i came accross som pretty pressing different sexualitys, but no probs
I saw two different sides in Bulgaris. In Sofia we went to several nightclubs (it's too long ago to remeber the names, sry). Some were really cool, and we met only nice people. But at one night there was a shootout in the club we were. A bunch of those 'typically' balkan mob guys (I try not to generalize) with black leather jackets caused trouble to some young female tourists. When they got kicked out they shot the bouncer and a local guy who tried to help the girls...
And in Varna we had a great time too. But the trouble started when one of my friends started chatting with a beautiful girl (really just chatting. He didn't touched her or hit on her): suddenly her (black leather jacket wearing) boyfriend showed up, and started to beat the shit out of my friend...
But especially in the countryside, people gave us a very warm welcome, as everywhere in eastern Europe!!
So, this is not to scare you're friend, just to say that some of the stories are not totally rubbish...
that is kind of thing he is afraid of.... hmmm i still think he should go....thanks for your time to reply