The lev (Bulgarian: лев, plural: лева, левове / leva, levove) is the currency of Bulgaria. It is divided in 100 stotinki (стотинки, singular: stotinka, стотинка). In archaic Bulgarian the word "lev" meant "lion", a word which in the modern language became lăv (IPA: /lɤf/) (in Bulgarian: лъв). Stotinka comes from the word "sto" (сто) - a hundred.
2002 - 1 Lev - Bulgaria 🇧🇬
The obverse shows Bulgaria's patron saint, St. Ivan Rilsky (Saint John of Rila)(876 - 946) who is the first Bulgarian hermit and the founder of the grandest orthodox monastery in Bulgaria.🇧🇬
Being the unprepared, spontaneous traveller I have become, which means booking last minute and rocking up at a country or town with no plan, accommodation, or currency. Five minutes before I left my flat, I did book a hotel because of my time of arrival, but I didn't worry about exchanging money. I rarely do that, and it's normally fine. However, after midnight last night with not one of the three airport ATMs working, I was wondering how I was going to pay to reach my hotel. Thankfully, there was one currency exchange open. Phew! Time to explore! #currencyexchange