You know you are an expat in Bulgaria when …
… you don’t need those lengthy explanations about Martenichki anymore.
… you start renovating your apartment at midnight, without caring about your noise.
… when you actually believe Vitosha Boulevard is the Champs Elysees of Sofia.
… when you take the stunning view of Vitosha mountain for granted.
… when you secretly like Chalga music, while complaining about it to your friends.
… when you start driving like an idiot, in order to adapt.
… when you already know the sales person at any shop you enter will not have any change.
… when you smoke like a chimney, without giving a damn.
… when you can name at least two national heroes of Bulgaria.
… when you are suddenly a fan of bench parties at parks.
… when you already feel Bulgarian, in a way, even though your knowledge of the language still sucks.
… when you enter the immigration office at Blvd. Maria Luiza, already knowing nobody in there speaks a word of English.
… when you know those elegantly dressed Mormon neighbours from Utah.
… when you don’t even try yellow cheese, butter or juice made in Bulgaria anymore.
… when you believe T-Market is the most elegant supermarket ever.
… when you believe you have a get-out-of-trouble-free-card, just because you drive a 1988 BMW, with 400,000 kilometers.
… when your hand is stuck to the sticky, dirty grabpole on tram line no. 22, and you don’t even notice.
… when you start enjoying electricity and water outages.
… when you understand this country better than yours.
… when you leave the fries inside the Hamburger you are having for lunch, without noticing.
… when you automatically lie down on the pavement, on your belly, while buying Cappy juice at a basement window store.
… when you have been to Stranzha, Rila, Pirin, Sakar and Stara Planina at least twice and you talk to all bears, using their first names.
… when you honestly believe the NDK is the center of the world.
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By Imanuel, incl. the picture.