If you want to really get a feel for a place, eat off the street. Actually, with the current COVID-19 pandemic, I should probably rephrase that. Eat the street food.
As I drove around the country of Bulgaria, feeling the sun on my skin and overlooking fields of sunflowers, I couldn’t help but notice that corn (boiled or roasted) seemed to be omnipresent. This was especially true when we reached Sunny Beach, Bulgaria. It seemed as though there were corn vendors every few feet. But, in a sea of cobs, stood one gem…one golden kernel if you will. He is the stuff of legends…The Corn Man of Sunny Beach Bulgaria.
Sure, there are plenty of other, mostly male vendors selling their golden treats for cheap. Sure, they offer butter and salt. And, yeah, maybe even a smile to go with it – a rarity in Eastern Europe.
But, BUT…do they offer entertainment? Do they blast their music and dance with the corn? No. Only the corn man of Sunny Beach Bulgaria does.
He sings, he uses the corn as a microphone, he hypes you up as he prepares your meal – shouting things like “WOO” or “YEAH, LET’S GO!” Tomorrowland and Electric Daisy ain’t got shit on the corn man of Sunny Beach Bulgaria.
Just when you think the performance is over, he uses the salt shaker like a maraca, dropping salt and beats on your corn. If you ask nicely, he’ll even let you get in on the act.
Ladies and non straight men…let’s not forget. He does the entire act topless. He’s enviously tan and he knows how to sway, baby. Move over Chip n Dales. Swoon.
Best of all? He’s SO FREAKING NICE. He loves what he does and he brings joy to everyone’s faces. The price? A little over one US dollar. He should do birthday parties and weddings. He’s outstanding. I hope he’s happy wherever he is, and I hope that I get to see him again one day.
By far, the corn man of Sunny Beach, Bulgaria has the most popular corn stand in the area. Why? He wasn’t afraid to march to the beat of his own drum and let his unique ideas shine. If you keep up with my blog, you know how passionate I am about taking pride in being different and standing out. Therefore, I felt so very glad to have met him! He’s one of the fondest memories of our honeymoon!
If you ever run into him, PLEASE e-mail me a photo at email@example.com or hashtag your photo #whatilearnedistraveler.
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