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A Trip to Dimitrovgrad Market - 23 August 2010
  I shall never again complain about Annie dithering when she goes shopping. Yesterday I experienced my own personal hell and I had actually volunteered for it.

First a bit about Dimitrovgrad though as it has quite an interesting bit of history concerning its creation.


The town it self is quite new and was first built from the three villages of Rakovski, Marijno and Ghernokoniovo in 1947. The town was built by 50 000 members of communist brigades who came from all over Bulgaria. Many of these workers then became its newest residents. From 1948 to 1950 they worked in an independent brigade called Mlada Gvardia (Young Guards). Their motto was: We are building a town the town is building us! It is located at the junction of the North-South, East-West rail lines, with the initial purpose to be an industrial town. Many large factories surround the outskirts, and there still remain today a cement factory, and unfortunately the health problems that are associated wherever asbestos has been manufactured.

Today it is the home of a very large Sunday market that specialises in second hand cars. This was the purpose for my visit.

So back to my hell. I suppose I could be described as a typical man when it comes to shopping. Have something to buy. Go to shop. Buy it. Go home. Anything else in my mind is a complete was of time. This unfortunately was not how our day was to be. We first went to the market and viewed about 150 cars, we were after a Opel Vectra Diesel no more than 10 years old and within our meagre budget. We located several cars that matched our decription but all were rejected by Hikmets son as not quite what he was after. Some for very frivolous reasons. Like small scratches on the paint work. I did point out after the fifth refusal that cars which are 10 years old rarely if ever are in mint condition, this though seemed to fall on deaf ears!

After all cars at the market were rejected we then stopped at every car dealer on the way back Kardjali. This route took us through Haskovo though, and we visited 13 such dealerships. Again cars that matched the description were located only to rejected again (I don't like red!), and again (there is a small crack on the indicator), and again (speck of rust on the body work).

Because no car was bought, Hikmet is going back next week to try again, think I might be a bit busy that day!


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