Thursday, June 16, 2011
Balkan Bulgarian Airlines: Harare-Sofia Boarding Pass, 1991
Perhaps one of more unusual routes in history, the state carrier of Bulgaria served the capital of Zimbabwe for some period of time, as evidenced by this boarding pass with Zimbabwe government departure tax paid in 1991-- the same year that the Soviet Union would collapse to great tumult to both southeast Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. Bulgaria was also in transition to free-market, multiparty democracy, a tumultuous period that would contribute to Balkan's demise in 2002. Zimbabwe was on the cusp of a long-term decline from African breadbasket to African basketcase. The Sofia-Harare shuttle was short-lived.