“Welcome and good riddance”, reads the sign that leads into Gabrovo, a hard-luck but endearing Bulgarian town at the foot of the central Balkans.

Small wonder that besides being regarded as the world’s capital of humor, it is the place of birth of many of Bulgaria’s talented but prodigal children, including artist Christo Yavashev and Dilma Rousseff’s father Peter.

Peter Rousev was born in 1900 in the town of Gabrovo, but left Bulgaria for both economic and political reasons (he was a communist), looking for a better job and a brighter future….