Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer holidays:)




Yes, both my kids are on summer holidays already!!!:)

Minnie's last day at school was June 12th /Friday/. All the students from the 6th and 7th grades at her school had a party that day and my daughter told me she had had a wonderful time there!!!:)

On June 15th /Monday/ the official ceremony for the end of the school year took place.:) Minnie got an award diploma as once again she got 'excellent' 6 /the best mark in Bulgaria/ for all of her 6th grade subjects - Bulgarian Language and Literature, Mathematics, English, History and Civilization, Geography and Economy, Man and Nature, Computer Technologies, Labour Education, Music, Art, Sports, CCS /Compulsory Chosen Subject/ Bulgarian, CCS English, CCS Mathematics, CCS Man and Nature, FCS /Freely Chosen Subject/ English and FCS Mathematics...:) Needless to say, we're all extremely proud of her for doing so well again!!!:)

Minnie is on summer holidays from June 15th until September 15th...:) I hope she'll be able to relax to the fullest during these three months because the next school year will be very important - it's the last year in Middle School and at the end of it she'll have to pass some very difficult exams to be accepted at High School... But I'm sure that if she keeps her attitude towards education, she'll be accepted without a problem wherever she decides to apply!!!:)

Vanyo's last day at the Kindergarten was June 18th /Thursday/. The following day I had a criminal case at the Supreme Court of Cassation in our capital Sofia. Vlado had taken that week off so he offered to drive me there which was definitely sweet of him!!!:) We decided to take the kids as well and it turned out to be a great idea!!!:)

We left our home pretty early /at about 6 a.m./ and as soon as we arrived at Sofia /it was about 8 a.m./ went to have breakfast at McDonald's.:) Then Vlado and the kids went sightseeing and I went to the court... When the case was over, we all gathered again and had an early lunch at KFC.:) Then we grabbed some doughnuts at Dunkin' Donuts /4 boxes, 6 pieces each:P/ which we enjoyed during the weekend /yummy:P/. Our final destination was the Zoo, where the kids enjoyed themselves to the fullest!!!:) We got home at about 5 p.m. and I was almost passing out of exhaustion, but I couldn't deny that it was a lovely day for the whole family!!!:)  

We spent last weekend in Karlovo and on Sunday only Vlado and I got home... Minnie and Vanyo will stay with my mother-in-law for about a month and I hope they'll have a good time there!!!:) Hubby and I will miss them a lot, but it will be nice to spend some time just the two of us as a couple...:)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bulgaria



Well, I've decided to use my blog to tell the world more about my almost unknown little country - Bulgaria, about its beautiful nature, glorious history, and unique culture...:) This is the first entry of the Bulgarian topic, in which I'm sharing a sightseeing map and some info I've borrowed /and slightly edited/ from Wikipedia...::)


Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria is a country located in Southeastern Europe which borders five other countries: Romania to the north (mostly along the River Danube), Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia to the west, and Greece and Turkey to the south. The Black Sea in south-eastern defines the extent of the country to the east. 

Bulgaria includes parts of the Roman provinces of Moesia, Thrace and Macedonia. Old European culture within the territory of present-day golden artifacts by the fifth millennium BC. 

The first Bulgarian kingdoms on European soil date back to the early Middle Ages (7th century). All Bulgarian political entities that subsequently emerged preserved the traditions (in ethnic name, language and alphabet) of the First Bulgarian Empire (632/681 – 1018), which at times covered most of the Balkans and spread its alphabet, literature and culture among the Slavic and other peoples of Eastern Europe. Centuries later, with the decline of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1396/1422), Bulgarian kingdoms came under Ottoman rule for nearly five centuries. The Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 led to the re-establishment of a Bulgarian state as a constitutional monarchy in 1878, with the Treaty of San Stefano which marked the beginning of the Third Bulgarian State. In 1908, with social strife brewing at the core of the Ottoman Empire, the Alexander Malinov government and Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria formally proclaimed the full sovereignty of the Bulgarian state at the ancient capital of Veliko Turnovo. After World War II, in 1945 Bulgaria became a communist state and part of the Eastern Bloc. Todor Zhivkov dominated Bulgaria politically for 33 years (from 1956 to 1989). In 1990, after the Revolutions of 1989, the Communist Party gave up its monopoly on power and Bulgaria transitioned to democracy and free-market capitalism.

Currently Bulgaria functions as a parliamentary democracy under a unitary constitutional republic. A member of the European Union since 2007 and of NATO since 2004, it has a high Human Development Index of 0.834, ranking 56th in the world in 2006, and being listed by Freedom House as "free", scoring 1 (highest) for political rights and 2 for civil liberties.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Bela sum, bela



This is one of my most favourite songs from the Rhodope Mountains - 'Bela, sum, bela, yunache' /can be translated as 'I'm white, white, young hero'; 'white' is equal to 'beautiful, honest' in Bulgarian folklore/. It's a love song... The bagpipes accompaniment and the views from the Rhodopes are magnificent!!!:)

The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices



A Bulgarian folk song performed by the famous Mystery of Bulgarian Voices formation... plus some breath-taking views of the Rhodope Mountains... Enjoy!!!:)
 

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Latest news in a rainy June morning...:)




Vanyo went through the chicken pox just fine...:) He stopped scratching himself after I explained him that if he did, he would get scars and girls wouldn't find him handsome any more...:P And my young Casanova decided that his good appearance is worth it suffering the itching...;) Thanks to this successful strategy he doesn't have any scars, yeah!!!:)

My son got back to the Kindergarten on May 25th /Monday/ and he was so happy about it!!!:) It was obvious that he had missed his little friends there a lot!!!:)

Last Sunday /May 31st/ hubby went to Sofia for a 4-day seminar... He'll get back tomorrow and we're all so much looking forward to welcoming him home!!!:)

June 1st /Monday/ was International Children's Day, so I treated my lovely kids dinner at McDonald's, which turned out to be a really wonderful surprise for them!!!:)

The movies I've seen in the second half of May are: ‘New in Town’ /an OK movie, but I wish it didn't seem so familiar...:(/, ‘Gran Torino’ /one of the best movies I've seen so far this year - great, touching story, wonderful acting:)/, ‘Jumper’ /interesting story, great effects, but the ending was a bit dull.../ and 'Pink Panther 2’ /an OK comedy, some moments were funny, others – boring…/.

The 5th season of my most favourite show 'LOST' also ended in the second half of May... The season finale was breath-taking and exciting as always...:) I just can't wait until 2010 when the 6th /and last/ season will start!!!:P