Issue 23

WE'VE GOT MAIL

Apparently this is how one of our readers – a Bulgarian living in Bremen – imagines that we selected the 10 finalists for the Symbols of Bulgaria@Vagabond campaign. "What I want to criticise is a very narrow perception of Bulgaria. All 'symbols' are merely more than mentioning clichés. To find something truly unique and recognisable is not that easy, but I think you owe it to your readers... something like: 'Ey sega'. Well done on that!"

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QUOTE-UNQUOTE

The situation has improved drastically. Our helicopter flew over the region and we saw that everything is razed to the ground. There's no longer any danger.

Defence Minister Nikolay Tsonev on the explosions in Chelopechene

The state does not give the municipality the means to limit the number of people coming to the capital from the provinces.

Sofia Mayor Boyko Borisov explains the reasons for the city's traffic jams and insufficient number of kindergartens

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY

If it were another time and another land, if gods are kinder or heard your prayers, your child would be twelve now, her face taking on the reminiscence of your face, or perhaps you as you once were, but no longer. Each part of her would have been a reminder that you had given birth to this child, a hand or a face, even her slightest way in which she cocks her neck as if she is listening to some voices other than what is apparent, real.

You have sold her. You have not told anyone.
No one knows. No one must know.

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GOLDEN ONIONS

When I was ready, you told me that the recipe was to dip them one by one in the bowl with wine and brandy. And I got so drunk, after licking my fingers so many times, that when I was finished, I remembered how at the end of the summer, after finishing all the jars with pickles, my grandfather would always braid the dry tops of the onions. Then he would hang the big braid from the right corner of the window to chase the flies away.

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