Lifestyle in Bulgaria
Higher education in Bulgaria
Bulgaria continues to develop its educational system. The priority is put on the improvement of facilities and implementation of partnerships with a bigger number of foreign universities. Subsidizing of innovations in education and enrichment of students’ services are also top priorities.
The academic year in Bulgaria is divided into two semesters with a two-week break in between. For most of the universities the winter semester starts in September and lasts until January. The spring semester begins in February and lasts until June .The exam sessions are usually in June and July.
The application process takes place only at the beginning of each academic year.
In Bulgarian cities a cozy yet vibrant urban atmosphere can be sensed due to the active lifestyle of the young students. Typical Bulgarian
restaurants as well as designer ones offer excellent cuisine and attract local and foreign visitors to try Bulgarian specialties pampering the senses of their guests. Bulgarian nightlife is also splendid and attractive for the young generation. You can take benefit of the top class clubs and get acquainted with the local culture.
Varna is the third biggest city in Bulgaria after Sofia and Plovdiv and at the same time the city is the most important port of the Black sea. Varna disposes of an international airport with direct flights to most of the European cities. Moreover, with its warm climate and sandy beach, the city has turned into a preferred vacation spot for many tourists from around the world.
The city has numerous attractions. The Cathedral "Assumption" (1896) is located in the center of the city lies. Its monumental architecture is really impressive. In Varna, there are also many interesting museums – the Historical Museum, the Museum of Natural sciences, the Museum of dolls and
folk art, the Maritime Museum, the archeology museum, etc. There visitors can see unique exhibits, reproducing the ancient Bulgarian history.
If you are looking for amazing historical experience, then you should also visit to the Roman and Byzantine thermal springs. In addition, you can continue your sightseeing tour by visiting the ancient rock fortress and Aladzha Monastery, located in the suburbs of the city. Don’t miss the performances at the Varna Dolphinarium that offer a unique chance for interaction with the dolphins.
Additional attractions in Varna are the Clock Tower, the Planetarium, the Pantheon, and the numerous old churches with impressive medieval frescoes and icons.
Varna is a host city of many festivals: International Theatre Festival “Varna Summer”, International Music Festival, International Ballet Competition, International Jazz festival, Film Festival “Love is Folly” and many others.
Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria after the capital Sofia with a population of 339,077 inhabitants
The Old Town of Plovdiv is part of the UNESCO world heritage. The vicinity of the city is famous for its wines and rose oil. The Old Town is located on
mountain hills and reminds the ancient Roman provinces. Thus, the second largest city in Bulgaria offers a 8, 000-year journey back in time. Among the ancient monuments are the Archaeological Complex Nebettepe , the Ancient Theatre , the Roman Forum and many others. Today many buildings from the Renaissance have been converted into museums and are open for visits. The Old Town of Plovdiv, which is a monument of culture, is well preserved. For sure it is worthwhile visiting all the attractions that immerse tourists in an unusual antique atmosphere.
Plovdiv hosts numerous cultural events with local and international importance such as thematic exhibitions, the International Festival of Opera and the festival "The golden chest“.
The World Rowing Championship also was conducted in Plovdiv in 2012. In 2015 the city will host the World football championship for player under the age of 17.
Lifestyle in Lithuania
There is a variety of art galleries – public and private, traditional and contemporary which change expositions regularly. You will be able to see the works of many local artists representing different time periods and styles. One of the most famous galleries is the National Art Gallery which opened doors in 2009. Its art collections are appreciated internationally, proven by the fact that some of the works have been bought by private collectors.
If you are more into contemporary art, you can indulge in your passion at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC). It offers demonstrations of installations, visual arts, performances by artists from Lithuania and the rest of the world. The CAC has a permanent exposition of George Mačiūnas Fluxus Cabinet. George (Lith. Jurgis) Mačiūnas, one of the pioneers of the famous movement that had many followers, worked mainly in New York, USA, but was born in Lithuania.
Lithuanian people enjoy having fun together during the long-awaited festivals held each year. Lovers of classical and modern music, theatre- and cinema-goers, and fans of modern dances are happy to be part of exciting events that create long-lasting memories. The summer is the time of the year when Lithuania turns into a big stage for jazz, rock, blues, alternative, and electronic music performances. Every person can discover an event to match their taste.
Weather in Lithuania
If you are keen on romantic snowy winters and pleasantly warm summers, this country will be ideal for you. Temperatures can rise up to 30°C in the warm season, although a light jacket and an umbrella could come in handy. In winter you will need a warm coat, gloves and a wooly hat. In spring and autumn you may need a pair of wellington boots.
Healthy black rye bread and potatoes are the staple foods of Lithuanian cuisine. You will see a huge variety of potato dishes in restaurant menus. Potato pancakes (Bulviniai blynai) are a popular breakfast in the country. Another popular option is Samogitian pancakes (Žemaičių blynai) which are filled with meat.
Soups are usually eaten before the main meal. Salted herring (Silkė) is another loved appetiser, most commonly served with potatoes, vegetables and bread.
Meat-based main courses include Karbonadas (a pork steak) and the more exotic are the Vėdarai (stuffed pig's intestines).
The most common alcoholic drink in the country is beer. Russians brought vodka in Lithuania but recently wine has become more popular due to the western influence.
Leisure time and sports
Lithuanians like having fun outdoors in the warm months, enjoying the sun near a river or a lake. They also like reconnecting with nature whenever possible so they often spend weekends in their out of town properties where they plant flowers and vegetables.
Young people are more engaged in sports. Basketball is the national sport. It is referred to as “the second religion of Lithuania”. Lithuanians like both watching and playing the game. Soccer and rugby are also among the preferred sports.
In winter Lithuania is like a fairy tale. People enjoy sledding down slopes and hills, skating on ice-frozen lakes and skiing in picturesque scenery.
Night life and parties
The Baltic seaside buzzes with holidaymakers and offers a wide choice of entertainment in summer. The sky is pierced by power kites and hot air balloons. Lively parties take place on a regular basis.
The epicentre of Vilnius’ busy night life is Islandijos street. In this street you’ll find plenty of bars and clubs such as Opium club and a bar called Briusly (Bruce Lee). Over the weekends, they attract many like-minded people who socialize while listening and dancing to popular dance music, mainly the sound of house and nu disco.
The English pub-styled bars The Piano Man and The Gringo Pub are also popular. They are a great place to meet friends and chat over a couple of drinks. A few hundred metres further along the road, you’ll find Soul Box which offers a wide variety of music – jazz, garage, rap and techno.
Studio 9, located in Gediminas Avenue, has a cosy atmosphere and the background music is eclectic in a modern, groovy way.
Artistic and bohemian people usually gather in the legendary ŠMC café. Conversations continue until dawn. People feel like at home there.
Lithuania has certainly a streak of cosmopolitan culture. Cafe de Paris is a hangout for Francophiles. It attracts mainly foreign clientele. Cafe Gorky is famous for its convenient location, reggae and electronic house music and the diverse crowd of people at the entrance.
If you’ve come from one of the 27 Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and have a European card of health insurance, you are guaranteed state health care services in the case of an accident. You need to be aware that the card does not cover the expenses of health care services provided by the private sector.
Lithuanian people are calm and friendly. They like sharing their experience and lifestyle with the rest of the world. Some Lithuanians might seem a bit shy initially but after you get to know them, you will find out that they are easy-going and fun to be with.