The 47-years-old Magnus Arnesson is born in Sweden. He is divorced with two kids at the age of 13 and 14. After living abroad for a while, in Norway, Thailand and India for example, the Swedish decided to come to live in Bulgaria. Since one year Magnus is working at Sutherland Global Solutions in Sofia.
What did you know about Bulgaria before you came here?
- No, really I had no expectation about Bulgaria. I didn’t know much. I am not really that guy sitting and reading books about Bulgaria and kind of creating a picture that I have no right to create. I mean that would be creating a picture from other people’s experience. Technically, I have been to Sofia once before for 45 minutes for a connection flight from Thailand. I knew about that you have good wrestlers. I knew it was very communistic during those years and it is quite recently that Bulgaria is more opened to the world.
Why have you decided to come to live here at first place?
- I don’t know why. I had nothing that was keeping me in Sweden anymore. I said to my ex-wife: “Would it be alright for you if I find a job in Bulgaria.” I used to be the housewife in Sweden. So she has just said: “No man has ever taking care for his kinds and putting so much time and effort like you.“ I like it a lot here. Life is easy and the people are nice. There is very good food and good beer and what more can you ask for. Of course, I like my job too.
How you find Sofia as a city to live in?
- Living in Sofia is very easy compared to living in Sweden. It is cheaper. The weather is better. The cool thing about Sofia is that you have four seasons. We had some snow and it is always fun to see how Bulgarians react to the snow. Bulgaria is really cool and it is just not complicated.
Name your favorite places in Sofia?
- My home (he laughs). Also “Vitoshka” Street is very nice place. It is so cool to sit there to watch the people coming by. Another thing is that I prefer Italian food and you have a lot of good Italian restaurants as well.
Is it difficult for you to understand, to learn or even to speak Bulgarian?
- My Bulgarian is fluent (he laughs). No, I can only speak a few words like “Good morning!”, “Good evening!” etc. The last month I am trying to peak up some more words. I am trying to look at the similarities between Swedish and Bulgarian (surprisingly there are some words which sound similar). Bulgarian is a mish-mash. You have Roman inheritance and Russian inheritance as well. So it’s like everything coming together and at the end it is kind of fun trying to speak Bulgarian.
What is your Bulgarian favorite word?
- It’s a long story. My girlfriend, her name is Ivana, was constantly asking me: “You’ve been here almost an year and you can’t even speak the language?”. I said: “Hey, common! I know a lot of words. I will get by”. She asked again: “What do you know then?”. My answer made her laugh because I said: “Torbicka!” (translated from Bulgarian: a plastic bag).
What have you discovered as unique feature in Bulgarian character?
- When at first I came here and I went to a restaurant. Then I’ve asked if I can pay the bill and the waitress just nod. I said to myself: “Oh, okay. I have better go home then when you don’t want my money.”. But there is a twist with this because you all do this as well and in India they do this as well. Another thing is that it is really hard to speak to unknown people in Sweden but here you can just walk next to whoever and you can just start a conversation.
What do you think about the magazines City® Info Guides?
- I am going to read it again. I am going to pass it to Ivana as well and I think we will get more ideas of the fun stuff we can do. I like the map in it.