Just 30 - 50 kilometers south from my hometown of Haskovo, you will find a totally different life. The municipality of Stambolovo, located in the northern parts of the Eastern Rhodopi mountains, is a sparsely populated rural area with many artifacts from the past.
The adobe bricks are made of earth mixed with water and an organic material such as straw or dung. The soil composition typically contains sand, silt and clay. Straw has an important function: it binds the brick, in order to dry evenly, thereby preventing cracking due to uneven shrinkage rates through the brick.
Here, in Stambolovo area, there are people who still remember how to produce adobe.