we sensed the strong desire of Bulgarians to preserve their past.
Why I Write About Bulgaria
Ellis Shuman

Unfortunately, a large part of the older population mixes its nostalgia for their adolescence with nostalgia for communism, just because the two overlapped. They prefer “the old ways”, “the way it used to be”, not because it was better, but because during communism they were still young enough to see good over evil, even if the latter prevailed. This, along with the widespread poverty among this demographic group, is in large what causes such contrasting pictures.