ДПС не заслужава българските турци

ДПС не заслужава българските турци

Лятото е 2011-то. С бъдещия ми съпруг избираме Родопите за летен отдих и никак не съжаляваме. Популярните курорти не представляват интерес. В един от дните решаваме да обядваме в едно родопско село. Не пиша името му, защото не го помня, признавам. Минахме през много села. И все пак – името не е важно. Би могло да бъде всяко село в България със смесено население.

Решаваме да се разходим из улиците и да усетим местния дух. Изкачваме една стръмна уличка. Още по средата сме възнаградени за любопитството. Задминаваме една баба с шалвари и забрадка, която бавничко върви нагоре с  малка кофичка в ръка. На свой ред тя забързва крачка, за да ни настигне.

„Ех, млади хора са дошли на село…”*

снимка: Юлиан Собаджиев
снимка: Юлиан Собаджиев

Спираме. Какво по-добро усещане за духа на едно място ако не разговор с местен жител. Радостта ни е още по-голяма, когато бабата поднася кофичката си към нас. Малини! Свежи, току-що набрани. „Откъде сте, бе деца?”, „Какво ви води насам?” са бързите първи въпроси.

Без да губи време, след като получава отговорите, бабата бърза да си каже, каквото има:

„Ей, деца, не ги слушайте ония в парламента. Те само лъжат. И нас тука идват да ни лъжат…”

Ние с Иво по онова време хич не се интересуваме от политика. Млади, влюбени за друго си мислим. Гледаме въпросително, но със слаб интерес – май само от уважение. Бабата продължи:

„…Доган само ни използва, за да си трупа богатство на фирмите. И вас и нас използва и ни настройва едни срещу други. А ние тука добре си живеем, в мир, българи и турци. Не се делим. А вие младите, трябва да знаете това и да не позволявате да ни делят. Ние на село нищо не можем да направим. Хайде, със здраве.” И си замина бабата…

Тогава думите ѝ останаха неразбрани и ги отминах. Днес прокънтяват в главата ми и придобиват всичкия смисъл на света.

Това е. Друго няма.

ДПС не е българските турци. ДПС не заслужава българските турци.

*Всички цитати на бабата са по спомен.

**На снимката не е бабата, която видяхме. Може да е всяка баба.

Къде в София бих завела гости от чужбина

Скоро ще станат 10 години откакто работя с чужденци. Често имам задача да ги разведа на различни места в България. Поради естеството на работата ми, обикновено това са мрачни места, които показват бедност и социална изолация. И все паквинаги съм се старала картината да е балансирана. Баланс ще търся и в днешната разходка из София.

Взимам гостите от Летище София (по презумпция). Минаваме през ромската махала. Всички я знаем. Няма нужда да я крием. Тя е част облика на София. Не се гордеем с нея, но е факт и нещо, върху което трябва да поработим. Всички.

През Ботевградско шосе (трябва все пак да има нещо, свързно с Ботевград, в обиколката ни) и гара Подуене, стигаме до парка Заимов. Бързаме да хапнем нещо на открито и след това разходка там.

Пеша продължаваме към Паметника Левски. Аз разказвам за историята на България и Освобождението. Не може да пропуснем още един от символите на столицата – храм- паметник Александър Невски.

Отново пеша по жълтите павета – повод да спомена за царска България и любимата ми част от историята ни – спасяването на българските евреи. Стигаме до БНБ и сградата на бившия партиен дом. Стигаме до Президентството и църквата “Св. Георги”.

2064_51972365795_7194_nОттам връщаме леко назад и през градинката пред Народния театър стигаме до пл. Славейков. Отскачаме набързо до Paper Cake за свежа джинджинада и малко почивка.

photoВечеряме в Caruso. За десерт отиваме в Симеоново и сладкарница Романс, където се наслаждаваме на гледка към нощна София.

С благодарност към Миленка и косвено Жюстин за отправеното предизвикателство.

Eco Camping Batak

coming back from a few days around the mountains of Bulgaria, I feel obliged to share. after an amazing week at Eco Camping Batak last summer, my husbie and I decided to take Miro and Tiina to enjoy an afternoon on the site. lovely to see always cheerful Christo again!

panoramic view from the beach

the camping is one of few in Bulgaria equipped with electricity and water posts at each camping space and Wi-Fi that Christo dragged the wires for all on his own after Vivacom said the camp site was too far from any of their posts.

the whole site is concrete-free. showers and WCs built using mostly wood and stone. the place is also equipped with waste-waters purifying machine which has all sewage go out 99% clean!

and they have a neat BBQ area!

in addition to the usual services, Christo offers kayaking at the lake, cycling tours, hiking, beach volleyball, horse riding, various lessons and.. child minding!

it’s only the second season the camping has been running and it’s already making a huge success and I know the reason behind it – Christo is not doing it for the money. actually, he has a very successful business dealing with finances. but he’s decided he’d spend 4 months of his year running Eco Camping Batak for fun on the land his grandfather left him!

so if you’re a fan of nice views, fresh air and great company – stop by ad say hi to Christo (it’s only a couple of hours away from Sofia airport)!

Travel Malta on a Budget

why Malta?

wonderful weather, amazing sea views and beaches, interesting mixture of Arabian, Mediterranean and British culture, many things to do/see in a small area, good service, great food and a lot of sightseeing and mingling with the locals that you can do for free!

I am not the type you’d see in museums and I am not one who’d spend 10 days, 8 hours/day sunbathing. I like a mixture of relaxing (nothing-doing), walking around lovely places, enjoying some quiet moments, tasting good food and talking to people. all this while soaking the local culture. Malta is a lovely please to do that.

accommodation:

you can get pretty good deals on hotels. if you prefer to stay in one place during your stay, I’d recommend you settle in Sliema, St. Julians, Bembroke, Gzira, Marsa, the Three Cities or another town on the East coast – it’s where most of the life in Malta happens. not Paceville though – it is East and a lot of life happens there, but it’s so loud at night you couldn’t sleep.

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view of Valetta from Sliema

to do & to see:

Mdina (Rabat) is a must-see. it is the old capital of Malta – small town built within walls with the traditional lime-stone, cute little streets, tiny souvenir and crafts shops. while there, try a cake at Fontanella tea rooms! this will take you 1/2 day incl travel.

Fontanella, Mdina center, random street

assuming you travel here from the East, pop in to Mosta on the way back. it’s not much of a town but The Mosta Dome is one you have to see – very impressive architecture. walk into the main hall of the church and look up to see the charming dome. be brave and walk through one of the small halls that take you to the back chambers. there you will see a replica of the 200kg  bomb, which in 1942 pierced the dome and didn’t explode. 300 people were gathered there hiding from the air-raid.

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the bomb, the altar, the dome

a very traditional thing to do on Sunday is going to the Fish market. it is in the fishing city of Marsaxlokk. don’t worry about finding your way there – just follow the crowd! everyone is there on Sunday morning. amongst all the Chinese goods that you can buy in every corner of the world, you will find the most peculiar types of fish, all fresh and offered to you with lots of passion from the local fishermen. for lunch – fresh fish, of course! have some Maltese bread with it. in the afternoon you can go to the beach in Marsaxlokk – it’s one of the few sand covered ones in Malta and has a view to it’s second largest harbour.

do NOT leave Malta before going to the Blue Lagoon! take a boat from Cirkewwa, they leave every hour and come back until 17:00, 10 euro return ticket. if you can – stay a night in the Comino Hotel – very quiet, inexpensive, good food and their boat is only 5 euro return.

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view of the blue lagoon

on the way back from the Blue Lagoon, stop by Popey’s Village – it was built for the movie, today it’s a tourist attraction. you can pay 10 euro to go in or just admire it from the main road for free (:

from Cirkewwa you can also get a ferry to Gozo. I wrote about a day in Gozo here. Just make sure you don’t miss the 360* view from the Citadela in Victoria, the Azure window – get a boat there for 3.50 Euro and the Calypso cave which is assumed to be the cave mentioned by Homer in `The Odyssey’ where Calypso, the beautiful nymph kept Odysseus as a `prisoner of love’ for seven years.

back in Malta, spare an evening to watch the sunset in Fomm ir-Riħ Bay (West coast). why not have a picnic there – tasty vegetables, good old smelly cheese and freshly baked bread are all Malta specials. undoubtedly, the best company for them is Maltese wine – it’s cheap, tasty and very good quality.

talking about wines – you may want to book your holiday in the first week of September and enjoy the Qormi Wine Festival. I haven’t done it but it has two of my favourite words in it and it’s free! surely must be good!

other annual happenings that may help you choose the dates of your holiday here.

enjoy!

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Heart Hunting in Gozo

Halfway through my honeymoon. Inspired by Love-is-all-around project. Touring Gozo, Malta with my husband Ivaylo Zahariev and my cousin Miroslav Metodiev. We hunt for hearts. Painted. In shades. In sand. In ads. Stone. Sky… everywhere

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First one appears in Limestone.  Limestone is one of Malta’s major resources, alongside with it’s favourable geographic location and a productive labour force.

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2 and 3 come from the logo of Algida. Gelato is so welcome at 35 C!

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The boys show you how much they love Gozo for number 4.

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5 and 6 are taken from our boat around the Azure Window.

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We find 7 and 8 at what they say was the place where Odyssey was captured by Calypso for 7 years. The legend.

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A little stone comes out in the sand in a love mood. Number 9 in Ramla bay.

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In an attempt to be less boring, 10 to 15 are in one shot ((: We found those while digging a hole at the beach.

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Are we brainwashed now or is our hole also heart-shaped? No. 11.

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Another stone. It gets more exciting after this one (:

Leaving the beach we meet no. 18 in a tree.

A little forced number 19 comes from a refreshing orange (:

Traveling back to the ferry we catch 20 and 21 in the windows and doors of traditional Maltese houses. Those are just two of many we saw!

Our last stop in Gozo is in Crafts Village. Heart shaped jewellery box… and our favourite note: “It’s nice to look at, it’s nice to hold, but if you break it consider it sold!” We didn’t touch a thing!

In Crafts Village we enjoy heart-shaped glass. Making glass products is one of Malta’s traditional crafts. Miro did dare touch that one! (24, 25, 26)

On the way out of the village we need a rest. You wouldn’t guess what we found there! Number 27, naturalment!

On the ferry, the car in front.. (28)

Just as we thought the day was over and were about to put the camera away.. we reach for the shopping bag! 29 is the end!

Now I am convinced that if you seek love, you see love!

Now get your cameras and send the hearts you collect to justine.toms at gmail.com!

Oh, and visit Gozo! (: