Saturday, August 5, 2017

Some summer news... :)

On June 9th Vanyo went to a school trip. They visited many interesting places – the house of Ivan Vazov /the greatest Bulgarian writer/ in Sopot, the Thracian tomb and the Rose Museum in Kazanluck, the Shipka monastery and monument, the open-air ethnographic museum Etara, the Humour and Satire Museum and Aprilov’s Gymnasium /the first modern, non-clerical school in Bulgaria/ in Gabrovo… He has been to some of these places with us /Sopot, Shipka, Etara/ but he has still greatly enjoyed the trip with his classmates…:) They have spent the night at a hotel in Etara and have had a party in their room…:) He was so exhausted when he came home on the Saturday evening so I can imagine the party has been lots of fun…:) 
Vanyo finished 6th grade on June 15th and he’s on summer holidays now until September 15th… Lucky boy! :)  He got ‘very good’ 5.30 for all of his 6th grade subjects - Bulgarian Language and Literature, English, Russian, Maths, History and Civilization, Geography and Economics, Man and Nature, IT, Music, Art, Home Ways of Life and Techniques, Sports and Compulsory Chosen Subject /Bulgarian Language and Literature/. It’s not bad at all, but it’s also the worst result in his studies so far… He has the potential to do much better /such is his teachers’ opinion too/ but he was too lazy and absent-minded this school year… Let’s hope he’ll be more diligent in 7th  grade…:) 
On June 23rd  /Friday/ Vanyo and one of his friends from school – Georgi /whose mother is an actress and whose father is a director/ acted in some new Bulgarian TV series…:) It was only a small role, no lines, but Vanyo had lots of fun with his friend and he has apparently done a good job as he was invited to act in a movie the following day…:) The role in the movie was small too but it was a great experience for Vanyo…:) He also got some money for the TV series and the movie which is not bad at all…:) Of course, we don’t have ambitions of him becoming a great actor but as long as he has fun acting, we’re not going to stop him! :) 
In late June Minnie and I tried Yoga and we liked it a lot, so we might continue with it along with Pilates Stretch and Zumba /we’ll probably have to give up the Aeromix, though, as it might become too much at some point…/. 
I saw three movies in June - ‘Interstellar’ /nothing special/, ‘St.Vincent’ /a wonderful surprise - sweet, touching and fun...:)/ and ‘Spare Parts’ /a very touching and inspiring movie…:)/.
I’ve read two books in June. The first book is ‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Green.  I greatly enjoyed this book - it was easy to read, yet made me think over it, it was full of interesting characters whom I felt close, and bittersweet as life itself...:) Two thumbs up!:) Can't wait to read more books by this author...:) 
The second book is ‘Post Office’ by Charles Bukowski. It was the 8th book of my ‘20th Century Golden Books Collection’. It was easy to read but when I finished it I kept wondering if it wasn't just a waste of time... Or maybe that was the whole idea of the book - that everything is pointless?
Minnie had her practice from July 10th until July 14th. This time she had chosen the cardio section of a hospital in Plovdiv and she really liked it there. Minnie did some simple manipulations to the patients – drawing blood, measuring blood pressure, etc. and she really enjoyed it!:)  
My husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary on July 22nd. It happened on a Saturday and I took the Friday /July 21st/ and the Monday /July 24th/ off so it turned out be a real mini-vacation…:) On the day of the anniversary we drove to Trigrad with the children and Teddy…:) We stayed at Trigrad Hotel Retreat and Welness. The hotel was nothing special but the nature in the Trigrad area is very beautiful…:) We also enjoyed the spa centre of the hotel and the delicious food… And on the Sunday /July 23rd/ we hiked to Arkan Han where Minnie and Vanyo rode horses for the first time in their lives…:) They loved it so we have decided that we would come again… And we might even stay at Arkan Han Hotel next time…:) 
I saw twelve movies in July – ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ /great movie - beautiful, spectacular and touching...:)/, ‘Step Up All In’ /some mindless entertainment...:)/, ‘Vice’ /a total waste of time…:(/, ‘A Little Chaos’ /nothing special...:(/, ‘Beloved Sisters’ /a very beautiful movie…/, ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ /a bit weird, yet deep and touching movie... All actors were incredible...:)/, ‘Boyhood’ /such a beautiful and touching movie, I loved it!:)/, ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ /there were some scenes that were too cruel and disgusting for my taste but I liked the idea of the movie.../, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ /a very weird, yet enjoyable movie.../, ‘Selma’ /a very interesting and touching movie.../, ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ /good, but not as much as the first Ice Age movie.../ and ‘Trolls’ /a very sweet movie, I loved it!:)/. 
I’ve read three books in July. The first one was ‘Master of the Game’ by Sidney Sheldon. It turned out to be a great book - interesting plot, full of unexpected turns and complex characters...:) A real page-turner!:) 
The second book was ‘Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure’ by John Cleland. It was nothing special – just a beautifully written erotic book... 
And the third book was ‘The Magic Circle’ by Katherine Neville. It was full of interesting details - linguistic, historical, cultural, etc. But all these details were so scattered and pointless, the plot was lame and even irritating most of the time... 
In July started the 7th season of ‘Game of Thrones’ and we’ve been watching it every Monday… Such a pity there will be only 8 episodes this time…
The first week of August was the last working week for me and then my holidays started… I’ll be off for three weeks and I intend to enjoy them to the fullest…:) 
So far I’ve seen three movies in August – ‘Whiplash’ /even though jazz is not my cup of tea, this movie impressed me a lot.../, ‘Deux jours, une nuit’ /very thought-provoking movie.../ and ‘Still Alice’ /one of the best movies I've seen recently... And Julianne Moore was simply incredible!:)/.