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Annies World Part 3 - 12 June 2010
  As mentioned previously, I am the only girl that frequents the local pub and the only reason I get away with it is because I am British and I am accompanied by a man. Never would I be accepted into the pub if I was a single white female. That is how it is, no point getting all feminist on them. This is a point to note to you ladies should you wish to live in Bulgaria on your own. You would be ok in the big cities, holiday resorts but not in a local village. This issue may make you feel somewhat isolated. Even as a welcomed regular I would never venture up the local pub for a night with the lads if Dominic was not with me.

In respect to their traditions, in the early days Dom visited the pub without me (don't worry I had my own home supplies) in order to get among the boys. It was not until he and they felt comfortable that he asked if it was okay for me to enter the 'Man's Domain'. To be honest I was wee bit apprehensive but Hikmet (barman, shop keeper, electrician, tobacco maker, translator, teacher……..) took me under his wing. As you can imagine, word of a woman drinking beer in the pub spread like wild fire. However, in respect to the boys I will not take other women up there with me. Like they said, one woman ok, more than one not good. After all, as in this country, their pub is their sanctuary away from the wives. Think about it, how often do you walk into a pub on a weekday and see couples? it is normally the men propping up the bar after a hard day at work (yawn). Women are taken out on the weekends, we've all seen them on a Saturday night dressed up excited about being invited out by their blokes to their locals (or is that just Swansea?!)

For those of you who don't know me, I shall tell you that I much prefer the company of lads than lasses. I just can't get into the hair and make-up conversations. This is a girl who does not own a hairdryer and certainly no makeup. My only cosmetic exuberance is deodorant!

I therefore love my nights in the pub. They have accepted me as one of the lads. My lack of knowledge of Turkish or Bulgarian does not mean I don't understand what they are talking about. I can confirm that men are the same all over the world; football, politics, sex, etc in no particular order and dependant on the time of night and who your company is…….


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