The Travel Guide to the Country of Your Birth

The Travel Guide to the Country of Your Birth

has over 300 natural lakes

is one of the oldest countries in Europe

has something for everyone, in every season

occupies the north-east part of the Balkan Peninsula

sits on the Black Sea to the East and the Danube to the North

offers white-sand beaches, mystic mountains, and ancient towns

has the Balkan range, which is part of the Alpine-Himalayan chain

has 378 kilometres of Black Sea coast. The Black Sea is closed and 
non-tidal, and has 90% anoxic water

has a moderate continental climate: winters (November to February)
are cold and dry, temperatures reach -10

is the place where in dark, empty apartments the people you love
live inside mirrors 
Kapka Kassabova

from Geography for the Lost (Northumberland: Bloodaxe and Auckland University Press, 2007)

Reproduced by kind permission of the author and publishers.
Kapka Kassabova

Kapka Kassabova is a Bulgarian-born poet and writer now living in Scotland. 



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About The Travel Guide to the Country of Your Birth

This poem, representing Bulgaria, was part of The Written World – our collaboration with BBC radio to broadcast a poem from every single nation competing in London 2012.