Interview 28 Aug 17

Briton Puts Bulgaria’s Communist Monuments Back Into Perspective

British travel writer Darmon Richter – who moved to Bulgaria in 2011 and soon after started to explore its mostly forgotten Socialist-era monuments – has made it his mission to remind people of their significance.

Daniel Penev
Collage: Darmon Richter

Communist-era monuments constitute a fundamental and indelible part of the Balkan region’s history and continue to influence its development to this day, the writer Darmon Richter says in an interview for BIRN.

 Since these monuments are already there, locals should make the most of them, for example by using them for educational purposes, or by developing cultural tourism, he adds.

Richter had only one wish after he finished psychology studies in the UK in 2011, he says: to take a long, relaxing trip abroad.

He opted for Bulgaria, which he had already visited with his family, ending up in Varna, on the Black Sea, where he found a job as a copywriter and editor. His aim was to earn just enough money to be able to enjoy himself for a few months before returning home.

Six years on, Richter is still in Varna, where he has his own flat.

In September 2013, he left his job to commit himself entirely to The Bohemian Blog, a website he founded in December 2011, on which he writes about unusual, abandoned places and ideologically charged architecture.

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