Hitchhiking in Bulgaria is very easy and well spread. People do know the concept and also practice it a lot (especially when they are young but not necessarily). Police normally never bother foreigners and even on the motorway (there is only one..) people thumb on the side lane without any problem.
Hospitality exchange programs count a huge number of members here, locals as foreigners based all the year long or just some months (rents are really cheap!).
Bulgaria seems to be incredibly difficult to dive due to the sheer amount of competition coming from the homeless and gypsies. Tourist resorts, as ever, may provide things but it would appear to be hit and miss. Sources seem to show that even bakeries take away everything.
Bulgaria is probably the first wireless connected country in Europe, with the highest speed connection also probably. It is quite funny seeing old soviet style trolleybus with always wifi inside..Nearly every park and public areas in the main cities (like Sofia) has a free connection, fact that creates you also big problems if you don't have your own device (people may be surprised and say "everyone has one"..) since there are almost no internet cafes..in Sofia there are only 2, both 3 times more expensive than anywhere else in europe..(some 3-4€/h..maybe just Venice is more..)
Bulgaria is a small and beautiful country in Easter Europe. Crossroads for many vagabonds, travelers and hitchhikers on their way to Turkey, Asia and back it is probably the "poorest" (lowest GDP) country in the EU, and one of the richest for heritage, beauty and culture. Prices are generally cheap (except along the resorts of the Black Sea coast..)compared to the rest of Europe often the half. Most of youngsters speak an excellent English, especially in big cities like Sofia or Plovdiv, the Bulgarian language is Slavic and very similar to Russian (at least for the vocabulary not really the grammar, though don't ever tell it to a Bulgarian..they'll tell you has nothing to do with..) and sometimes also to Serbian; speaking any of them may help you a lot to get around. It offers great opportunities for hitchhiking, work exchange programs and busking.
Take also a look on Alternative Bulgaria's CS group: https://www.couchsurfing.com/groups/alternative-bulgaria
dear travelers of life,
Me and a friend are travelling in Bulgaria these days and found a wonderful place in a rural area to revive on the southern slopes of the Pirin mountains. You are warmly welcomed to visit, to be free & creative, exchange, learn, and expand activities in the place and the region. It is even pssible to stay for a longer time to support the ongoing developments of this inspiring eco-nomadic community-centursharalia
The initiator of the place made together with lots of great helpers all infrastrucure available for comfortable and creative eco-living to expand. Inside and outside compost-toilets, heating and electricity by wood/solar/wind systems, a structure of self-organising, decentralisation, permaculture, aquaponics, private and dormitory sleeping rooms and a huge kitchen. There are excursions to other inspiring places and the possibility to increase the selforganising aspect of the center. In the nearby region there is also the possibility to build your own little ecohouse with support from the center :)
We are two humanists moving with the intention to spark the revival of eco-social living in rural areas. In this journey we travel around inspiring projects where we support and record video-material for a documentary we make. Meanwhile we like to expand the good vibes, play on our guitar and melodica, plant trees and lay a foundation for more activities to manifest.
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