By Corey Charlton for MailOnline. Scores of young Roma women have been paraded before potential suitors at a Bulgarian 'bride market' where poor families are given the chance to arrange financially beneficial marriages for their children. Here the potential brides are provocatively dressed, donning gobs of mascara and wearing flashy jewellery, towering heels and mini-skirts. And surrounding them in the car boot-like sale event are young men whose family hope to find them a wife at a good cost. Scroll down for video. Roma boys and girls chat during the open-air 'bride market' in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
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When it comes to holiday destinations, there are good resorts and there are bad ones. Located on the southern Black Sea coast, Sunny Beach was purpose-built in the s as a holidays destination for tourists from across the Soviet Union, children in particular. Last February, Sunny Beach was proclaimed the cheapest holiday destination in the world. Budget family trips aside, today it mostly caters to those in their late teens. My own recent trip there was fueled by an unhealthy dose of teenage nostalgia. I was originally lured to Sunny Beach at the age of Back then, Bulgaria was a perfect vacation spot for a freshly graduated squad of high schoolers, desperate to soak themselves in sea water and all kinds of cheap coconut-flavoured drinks the concept of ID is clearly lost on Bulgarians.
I knew nothing about its inhabitants. And — most importantly — I knew nothing about the women. Fair enough.
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