Mandritsa village

A walk in Mandritsa – the only Albanian village in Bulgaria

Mirëseardhje! Si e ke emrin? Nga jeni? (Welcome! What is your name? Where are you from? – from Albanian) – this is how the kind old women sitting in the pub of the Ivaylovgrad village of Mandritsa would greet you. With this Albanian dialect, which has remained in the local dialect since the beginning of the 17th century, they speak to every newcomer. With them is Ivanka Petrova, a bartender in the pub, who has been talking to her regular customers for years, and here and there a misguided tourist comes to see the only Albanian village in Bulgaria, to diversify her daily life.