At the end of October and into November, I spent ten days on a workshop led by Guy Edwardes and Emil Enchev. Bulgaria is a fascinating country and we travelled through the southern part bordering on Greece, Macedonia and Turkey. The people we met were charming and friendly – one farmer, harvesting his hay, insisted on giving us a present of a bunch of peppers. It was sad to see the villages declining and some totally abandoned. The young people had left to work for the Soviet regime in the 50s or gone west when Bulgaria became part of the EU. There was evidence of the population decline in the country with empty schools, rotting cars, abandoned churches and still the formidable remains of the the Soviet era. All, of course, gave great photo opportunities.