The second recent example of rules just not existing in the same way in Bulgaria as they do in the States relates to a major construction project going on behind Billa. They appear to be building a road that would intersect with the major street, Alexander Malinov Boulevard, and lead to the new Mladost 3 metro station that opened last year. It also seems like they may be laying some pipes and other groundwork that’s necessary for current and future construction projects and developments in the area—they’re clearly trying to build up the zone around the metro station. All of this make sense.
What also makes sense: When you have a major construction project going on, you block off the area from vehicular and pedestrian traffic, because there are huge machines moving stuff around, enormous trenches are being carved into the ground, the workers in the area are all wearing hard hats, etc.
By now you know the answer is: Not in Bulgaria.
Now, I have to backtrack for a minute, because this isn’t quite fair of me. They clearly TRIED to block the area off. Observe:
And in fact there was no access. For a while, anyway.
But then Bulgarians (ok, and maybe a few Americans) got tired of walking the long way around Billa. So people moved some of the fencing aside. They took advantage of when the gates were left open by the work crews at the end of the day. They started reclaiming the passage: