Well, life was good and bad, depends the point of view. Old ppl and modest ppl who did not have big ideas lived good, because the basic goods, like food, cloths, etc. were cheep.
It was very quite - almost no criminality, big authority of the police, quiet streets, unlocked doors.
On the other hand - police brutality, authorities did not allow serious critics, one party only rules and no others, not interesting news. The police was severely brutal, and not always towards the quilty.
They used to hide the important information, for example when big tragedies took place, like train crash, etc., they mentioned this with 3 lines at the last page of the papers, which were state controlled totaly.
No private property except houses and some agricultural lands, but small.
Chronicle deficite of certain goods in the stores, all owned by the state, of course.
No jeans, for example... Sometimes the electricity stops. No water in some regions of the countryside.
A lot of books and movies, but all censored.
A lot of presure on the ppl, but mostly under early cominism. Later it became more OK and OK.
Oh, and you must wait to by a car - from 4 to 15 years;
for flat - 5-25 years...
You cannot have more than 1 flat in one city and a house in one village...
If you are not married, you pay tax to the state.
Students in the schools and universities were obliged to WORK 1 or 2 months each year for the state. Those events step by step turned out to be very pleasant for young ppl, brought togather, but after wall, ppl do not need to go to obligatpry work to feel happy, right? It`s better to go to some sea resort abroad
Travels abroad in non-socialist countries were not allowed without permition of the police.
However, ppl found way to arrange the things. A lot of ppl build their own big houses, like those: http://www.icbproperties.com/bg/bulg...enets/olt/all/
sometimes using their friends and neighbours labour and skills.
Life was quiet, but finally the state ppl took all the money and the county collapsed. Than the democracy WAS ALLOWED.
And there were huge diferences between the communist countries - civilized Middle Europe wes the best, than Yougoslawia, Bulgaria was relatibely..., hm, good (according the socialist standarts!), USSR and Romania were worse, Albania and North Korea were the worst.