Koprivshtitsa is a small Bulgarian town in the mountains. It’s where the April uprising of 1876 started. It’s also pretty much frozen in the 19th century. Continue reading “Koprivshtitsa (Копривщица)”
I spent this New Year’s Eve in Sofia, my home town. My boyfriend and I went to a friend of a friend’s apartment on the 20th floor of a typical socialist looking building. The view was amazing – we saw half the city. We weren’t facing the centre, so at midnight when everything exploded with fireworks, it wasn’t an official show or anything like that. It was just a lot of people, who bought a lot of fireworks, celebrating the beginning of the new year.
And yet, New Year’s always makes me sad. It’s hope and desperation all at once. It’s a moment when the passage of time is celebrated, because it brings us away from the bad things that happened in the past and forward, towards a hypothetically better future. And maybe it will be better for some of us. Maybe it will be worse.But I can’t think about the passage of time without feeling powerless and … temporary…
So hey, happy new year to everybody!
I’ve been to the zoo in Sofia many times since I was a child. It was a while since the last time though and now that my boyfriend is visiting my home city and our plans for the day fell through, I decided it’s going to be interesting for him to see it too. Continue reading “A trip to the zoo”
Aimlessly scrolling down my facebook newsfeed I stumbled upon an article about the Albena beach library and I thought wait…this is in Bulgaria? And it turns out that yes, it fucking is! A German architect had the wonderful idea of making a library on the sea side of my home country. There are around 2500 books in a number of different languages and they are all completely free to borrow. Continue reading “A beach library in Bulgaria”
I am not usually fond of the sea. I much rather spend my time in a city or, alternatively, a mountain. However, after last week’s record high temperatures in Vienna and me being stuck here working … I have to admit that my mind wandered to a place, far away. One that had soft sand and clear salt water. Continue reading “Remember the sea”