The Place: Burgas, Bulgaria “Spring was breathing life back into the Bulgarian countryside, and the browns and yellows of last years’ shrivelled but stubborn flora were slowly forced aside… I whizzed between trees reaching towards me from the roadside, and felt the invisible scowl of ‘Baba Marta’ tracking my movements…. the mythical, grumpy old woman is the living embodiment of the month of march, her mood swings reflecting the meteorological whiplash emblematic of this time of year.” Please note that we do not fact-check our interviewees, and that their views do not necessarily represent our own. The Person: Ivo Gospodinov, 27, Bartender “I prefer my hometown, but after graduation from…
"The Mafia still runs this city. Everybody knows that... They will come to you if you have a really successful business, and... tell you you're gonna give them the company... In Bulgaria, we have a saying: 'every country has a Mafia, but in Bulgaria, the Mafia has a country'."