In Bulgaria Yes Means NoBy: Bob | August 4th, 2006
When you travel to Bulgaria, and really that is something everyone should do at least once in life, one of the first things you’ll notice is that a simple nod of the head isn’t so simple.
Unlike most cultures in the world, in Bulgaria when you nod your head up and down that means “no”. Shake your head side to side and that means “yes”. Trust us that is something you will never get used to.
We’re not sure what unique gestures the players make in the Bulgarian football league nor do we profess to a great love for the league. We prefer the action in Romania and Moldova. But if you are to believe this article previewing the Bulgarian season, things are on the rise there, except for referee Momchil Vraikov, a top referee who has been suspended for three matches.
Vraikov’s suspension comes on the heels of a match in which he issued 12 yellow cards, which was about the average for a World Cup match this year, but is quite high by normal standards.
The official explanation is that he is being punished because he “committed statistical errors concerning the cards shown during the match.”
We have no idea what that means, but all we can do is shake our heads side to side…or is it up and down?