Waiting in Munich
Waiting in Munich

I spent six hours at the Munich airport on a layover between Boston and Sofia. I passed my time wandering through the slick, light-filled terminal, watching other weary travelers watching the clock and patiently awaiting their own departures.  

Blagoevgrad Market
Blagoevgrad Market
Blagoevgrad Market II
Blagoevgrad Market II
BulgariaBuilding.jpg
Death Notices
Death Notices

As I explored the city streets of Blagoevgrad and Gotse Delchev, I couldn't help noticing these flyers posted on walls and lamp posts everywhere. I couldn't read them, they were in Bulgarian, but the format was consistent: headline, mug shot, a date, with one or two additional sentences at the bottom of the page.  

They looked like missing persons flyers. Some were fresh and some looked like they had been posted for years; the cumulative effect was unsettling, like half the city had gone missing and the rest were half-heartedly searching for their vanished loved ones. 

I learned it is a tradition in Bulgaria to post death notices throughout the neighborhood after a loved one has passed. These notices are renewed annually for as long as a living person remembers the deceased relative. 

Death notices. 

Gotse Delchev
Gotse Delchev
Stara Meika Abidinova
Stara Meika Abidinova

In the village of Gorno Dryanovo, which is located in the mountains of Southern Bulgaria, the matriarch of the Abidinova family sits for a portrait. 

Gorno Dryanovo
Gorno Dryanovo
Gorno Dryanovo
Gorno Dryanovo
Bulgaria 7.jpg
Bulgaria 4.jpg
Bulgaria 5.jpg
Bulgaria 6.jpg
The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila
The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila
BulgariaRilaShrine.jpg
Tracy in Blagoevgrad
Tracy in Blagoevgrad
Vlad in Blagoevgrad
Vlad in Blagoevgrad
Alex in Blagoevgrad
Alex in Blagoevgrad
BulgariaFBDZ-smaller.jpg
GornoJeep-sm.jpg
BulgarianVillage-sm.jpg
Waiting in Munich
Blagoevgrad Market
Blagoevgrad Market II
BulgariaBuilding.jpg
Death Notices
Gotse Delchev
Stara Meika Abidinova
Gorno Dryanovo
Gorno Dryanovo
Bulgaria 7.jpg
Bulgaria 4.jpg
Bulgaria 5.jpg
Bulgaria 6.jpg
The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila
BulgariaRilaShrine.jpg
Tracy in Blagoevgrad
Vlad in Blagoevgrad
Alex in Blagoevgrad
BulgariaFBDZ-smaller.jpg
GornoJeep-sm.jpg
BulgarianVillage-sm.jpg
Waiting in Munich

I spent six hours at the Munich airport on a layover between Boston and Sofia. I passed my time wandering through the slick, light-filled terminal, watching other weary travelers watching the clock and patiently awaiting their own departures.  

Blagoevgrad Market
Blagoevgrad Market II
Death Notices

As I explored the city streets of Blagoevgrad and Gotse Delchev, I couldn't help noticing these flyers posted on walls and lamp posts everywhere. I couldn't read them, they were in Bulgarian, but the format was consistent: headline, mug shot, a date, with one or two additional sentences at the bottom of the page.  

They looked like missing persons flyers. Some were fresh and some looked like they had been posted for years; the cumulative effect was unsettling, like half the city had gone missing and the rest were half-heartedly searching for their vanished loved ones. 

I learned it is a tradition in Bulgaria to post death notices throughout the neighborhood after a loved one has passed. These notices are renewed annually for as long as a living person remembers the deceased relative. 

Death notices. 

Gotse Delchev
Stara Meika Abidinova

In the village of Gorno Dryanovo, which is located in the mountains of Southern Bulgaria, the matriarch of the Abidinova family sits for a portrait. 

Gorno Dryanovo
Gorno Dryanovo
The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila
Tracy in Blagoevgrad
Vlad in Blagoevgrad
Alex in Blagoevgrad
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