If you have been to Bulgaria, you have probably noticed that most of the time, especially during winter, it seems to be very foggy. It doesn’t matter if you are indoors or outdoors. You can’t see much!
Bulgarians seem to love their smoke (Cigarettes, cigars, pipes etc…). Don’t get me wrong. I was a smoker and I used too love to smoke but since I’ve been in Bulgaria I tried to cut it down and now I even try to quit. I couldn’t help but notice that if you are a non-smoker you are the minority. Here, everybody smokes. When I arrived in Bulgaria couple of months ago a 6-7 years old girl asked me for cigarettes in front of a night club at 4 AM.
It seems to me that over 90 per cent of the population is smoking, and when you go out for dinner you will have a hard time finding a place where smoking is not permitted. Now, that winter is arriving the smoking moves from the terraces to the inside and it is disgusting when you smell like you’ve visited a nightclub after lunch or dinner.
Compared to other European countries, Bulgaria doesn’t seem to care a lot about banning smoking from gastronomic facilities or owners don’t care about the regulations. I’m not sure about that and I could imagine the second being true!
Every morning when I walk into town I see the smoke hanging over the city. At the beginning I thought it would be foggy but it’s not! It is gone in the afternoon but back the next morning. Locals burn their wood, coal and everything else they can find. In the Zoo I found burned bones of cadavers in a corner.
This explains the high air pollution in this country. Bulgaria’s air is the most polluted in the whole European Union with dust levels around 55 microgram’s per cubic meter on average. In the rest of Europe an average of 30 microgram’s is normal.