Bad BG, Part 3
|And there go your shockabsorbers.|
Holes, therefore, are a metaphor for what is happening in Bulgaria. Yes, the cities are more or less still alive, but the countryside is dead or dying. Although the holes in the road are one rather obvious sign of neglect, even more serious are the other “holes”: the power cuts that seem to be happening in the rural areas more often and for longer periods. They are NOT a good advertisement for country living in Bulgaria. We have now been back in Kalotina for almost three weeks and during that time we have had many "outages", as our American cousins prefer to call them. Sometimes the power just goes off for a second or two, but at least twice we have had power cuts of an hour or more. And this is in June and July, so what is going to happen with the electricity in the winter months? In many ways, the infrastructure here in Bulgaria is almost as bad as what we experienced during our two years in Kenya, where power cuts and dreadful roads were par for the course. Question: Which side of the road does a Kenyan drive on? Answer: The side with the tarmac.
So yes, there are holes in Bulgaria, but there will not be many in my pocket.