Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Random internet trinket: "Europe According to Bulgaria" by alphadesigner.

Europe According to Bulgaria 
I found the photo on Brainpickings, and while the artist has a lot of other amusing takes on "European stereotypes," since he's a Bulgarian I thought this would be a good one to share. The comments on Flickr are almost as interesting as the artwork itself; some more self-critical Bulgarians added a slightly harsher slant to the typical Bulgarian outlook towards the rest of Europe (especially on the historical ties with Russia and Turkey). I like how his captions add some necessary humor to what might otherwise be negative perceptions of outsiders. Interestingly enough, his "The World According to Americans" map places Bulgaria in a corner of Southeast Europe simply labeled "Dracula," which is usually associated with Romania. So it's either a comment on how Bulgaria and Romania are almost always lumped together or the fact that most Americans probably don't know that Bulgaria exists. Which is a shame. 

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