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Bulgaria

Five centuries of Ottoman rule and subjugated most recently ended four decades firmly behind the Iron Curtain came to Bulgaria in a distant, enigmatic in the eyes of much of the rest of the world. Images of cheap wine overthrown in student parties, ski holidays and umbrella handle murderers budget of the Cold War were once among the popular stereotypes, but Bulgaria today is a very different country than it was 10 years ago.

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For most foreign visitors, Bulgaria’s main attraction is its long, sandy Black Sea Coast – which still has stretches of beaches and picturesque bays despite the expansive construction work – but there’s more to this country , so much of it remains largely untouched and unvisited by foreign tourists. The networks of well maintained trails and horse riding to discover lush mountain scenery and forest Bulgaria, especially around the Rila and Pirin, inhabited by bears, lynx, exotic birds and other wildlife now becoming scarcer elsewhere in Europe . Move around the country is easy, cheap public transport and efficient transport between the cities and in the most remote, rural corners, where the traditional rhythm, slow life goes on as it has for centuries. Here you will find multicolored monasteries filled with fabulous icons and watched over by priests beard, and incredibly beautiful half-timbered villages with spirals of smoke lazily over the stone roofs and donkeys complaining about the distance, where the old ladies headscarfed and grandchildren are curious look in amazement at the arrival of outsiders. Cities also often overlooked highlights, from the dynamic, cosmopolitan Sofia with its lovely parks, sociable open-air bars and fascinating museums, the National Revival architectural treasures and Roman remains of Plovdiv, and the young maritime cockiness of Varna.

A full member of NATO and paid (since 2007) the EU, Bulgaria has the feel of a nation in a very important crossroads. Foreign investment has created a massive construction boom, not just around the largest beach and ski tourism but also in cities. More tourists than ever are discovering this country and an ever increasing number of foreigners who are investing in property here. Also, the Bulgarian population is declining faster than elsewhere in Europe, wages are the lowest on the continent – which triggered the attacks increasingly long and bitter, and the old problems of bureaucratic incompetence and bubble organized crime away in the background. Environmental damage caused by overfishing has been a particular cause for public alarm in recent years, and several national and international organizations that fight for some of these issues to the attention of a wider world. As much as I complain, however, the Bulgarians are a patriot, if modest lot, – when asked, as often, if you love your country, you really worry that you will leave with good impressions.
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Prices have certainly risen since Bulgaria became an EU member, but compared to Western European countries, travelers are generally a destination pleasantly inexpensive, and easy and pleasant to travel once you have mastered the Cyrillic alphabet in Bulgaria and enough to buy a bus ticket. Bring your own transportation and the whole country is yours to explore.

Argentina

The secret is out: with its beautiful scenery, cosmopolitan cities and vibrant culture, Argentina is a paradise for travelers. It extends nearly 3,500 miles from Bolivia to the tip of South America, covers a wide variety of geography and climate, and is about the size of India. Nature lovers can tour the Patagonian steppe, climbing the highest peak in South America, thousands of penguins walk and witness the most impressive waterfalls in the world. Hikers can enjoy the stunning scenery of the lush region of lakes – lakes and mountains with glorious white tip – and sampling the glaciers of Patagonia cut and painted landscapes Andean deserts. City Slickers will adore fabulous Buenos Aires, full of opportunities to learn Spanish, watch football (soccer), sultry tango and interact with dynamic and beautiful locals (residents of Buenos Aires). You’ll be out to buy designer clothes at affordable prices and eat the best beef in the world every holiday, while in the clubs all night.

Argentina celebrates its bicentennial in 2010, delighting in the 200 years of independence from Spain. Expect to visit various museums and recently renovated buildings such as the famous Teatro Colon closed popular excursions for more than two years during the facelift.

Argentina is safe, friendly and – compared to Europe or the U.S. – very affordable. Now is a good time to visit, so his spirit in the team and prepare for an unforgettable adventure!
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The Argentines can justly claim the highest peak in Latin America (Aconcagua), its greatest width of the street (July 9) and perhaps its most beautiful capital, but its beaches are nothing special. However, while the wealthy Buenos Aires to Uruguay and Brazil for the summer, most people go to the chain of resorts that dot the Atlantic coast.

Benin

Benin. This country club-shaped, on the western edge of Nigeria, was one of the most powerful empires of Africa – the kingdom of Dahomey. The ruins of palaces and temples of Dahomeyans can be seen in Abomey, while Ouidah is a painful reminder that their wealth came from: the slave trade. The Slave Route of Ouidah was the last walk on African soil of slaves to Brazil and the Caribbean. Museums, here and in Porto Novo, near the capital of Benin lagoon, examine the resulting Afro-Brazilian culture and society. Cotonou, however, Africa is mostly urban and polluted frazzling – shopping, but not without its own charm, a lively nightlife and well a couple of them.

Despite the ill-gotten gains Dahomeyan bright at the Historical Museum of Abomey, there are plenty of treasures in the dusty streets of Benin and palm-fringed beaches. This is the birthplace of voodoo, the national religion of the country, exported by slaves and distorted by Hollywood. Voodoo is an important part of everyday life and most of the cities show signs of it, such as markets served fetish with the heads and skins of every animal imaginable.

Elephants, lions and crocodiles can be seen in animated form to the northern parks, including Pendjari, one of the best in West Africa. Then there are the stilt villages, home to thousands of people to the lakes of southern and northern Tata Sombre (fortlike mud huts) built by the Shadow insular people. Not only is a country rich historical and cultural Benin, this nation is politically stable one of the easiest parts of West Africa to travel in.

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Bhutan

Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon, is not commonplace. This is a country where it is illegal to buy cigarettes, where rice is red and Chile are not just a condiment, but the whole dish. It is also a devoutly Buddhist country, where men wear a coat to work, where giant protective penises are painted on the walls of most houses, and where Gross National Happiness is deemed more important than Gross National Product. Tourism in Bhutan is also unique. Celebrity visitors must pay a minimum of U.S. $ 200 per day, which is one of the world’s most expensive countries to visit, but this rate is all inclusive, does not travel in a group and you can arrange your own itinerary. What you will not find in Bhutan is backpacker style independent travel. This is Nepal for the jet in September

First are the locations of the first Buddhist cultural center of Bumthang dzongkhag and the tranquil style of traditional Tibetan culture that sets aside Bhutan as the last remaining great Himalayan kingdom. Then there are the textiles, outrageous trekking and wildlife Phobjika impressive valley. Trashigang is an interesting and also useful to embark on a journey to eastern Bhutan.

It is also a country of surprises. This is not just a country of saints, hermits from another world. Bhutan is halfway between the ancient and modern world these days and find monks transcribing ancient Buddhist texts in computers and traditionally dressed nobles chat on their mobile phones.
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If you visit Bhutan, which will become one of the few who have experienced the charm and magic of one of the most enigmatic of the world – the ‘last Shangri La’ – and you will be playing its part in efforts of this kingdom Medieval join the modern world, while firmly maintaining their cultural identity different and surprising. So why spend all the money to come here? Since most of all, Bhutan offers the chance to glimpse another way of living, an alternative vision of what is truly important in life.