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Current Events 66: Changing Course

June 29, 2022 - From Arbanassi, the bus did not return us to Nikopol, where we had breakfasted. Instead, we went to a berth downriver, a...
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Current Events 65: More Oddities of Arbanassi

June 22, 2022 - We ended our afternoon in Arbanassi on a steep street where artisans produced jewelry, pottery, and embroidered linens f...
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Current Events 63: Arbanassi

June 09, 2022 - Velikovo Tarnovo's population was close to 70,000. Velikovo, meaning "great", had been added to the name in 1908, when i...
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Current Events 59: The Abandoned Synagogue

May 12, 2022 - As we walked from Baba Vida back towards the town center, I heard a riot of barking and growling. Suddenly, a pack of do...
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Current Events 58: Baba Vida

May 05, 2022 - Bulgaria had been a formidable kingdom during the early Middle Ages. A remnant of Bulgaria's former might was the fortre...
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Current Events 57: The Faces of the Dead

April 27, 2022 - The Bulgarians have a custom that I had never encountered anywhere else, and it was in Vidin that I was introduced to it...
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Current Events 56: A Mosque in Vidin

April 21, 2022 - The mosque was not much larger than a private house. A black-bearded man of perhaps forty ushered our group into a room...
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Current Events 55: Vidin, Bulgaria, Part 2

April 13, 2022 - Vidin had a modern central plaza with marble and bronze monuments to soldiers who had died in a plethora of wars. Even w...
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Current Events 54: Vidin, Bulgaria, Part 1

April 07, 2022 - On the morning after our passage through the Iron Gates, the ship docked in Bulgaria. The river port of Vidin was in the...
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