I moved to Bulgaria seven years ago and I'm still here. For a small sum, you can get a big detached village house with a huge garden that has a couple of barns in it - and a whole bunch of fruit trees and grape vines. We grow lots of food - but be warned, you'll find that easy until you have to harvest and preserve it. The water goes off all the time where we are, so I fitted a 4,000L supply with a pump. Most places have wells in the garden. You get four very distinct seasons; it's crazy hot and dry through summer and crazy cold through the winter.
I don't wear a mask in supermarkets and no one ever hassles me about it. In smaller shops, most people are glad that you don't wear one because they feel obliged to do the same if you do.
Hard language, they like paperwork for just about any task, drive any car/contraption in the villages with no tax or insurance - even while drinking a few beers if you like, quiet roads and very helpful neighbours.