Bulgaria-Rain Gods, Romans and Earthquakes: hi friendsplovdiv is a beautiful, ancient city, as our host, stanislav, pointed out as he took us on a short tour. it is the cultural center of bulgaria, and its history spans 6,000 years. according to wikipedia it is possibly europe's oldest city. unfortunately time didn't allow us more than a couple of hours to explore.this photo was taken the morning after the earthquake that hit bulgaria shook our hotel like a plate of jelly. it happened at 3 am, and deva and i were on the 5th floor, wondering if our time had come to join george harrison and john lennon.fortunately not. the shaking eventually subsided as we hung on to each other and, like a mantra, it slowly disappeared back into the silence from where it had arisen.