Sahara

As big as 9 million square meters, this vast desert is located at the north of Africa. ‘Sahara’ is an Arabic word meaning ‘desert’. Against popular belief, not all of Sahara is covered with sand. In addition to sand dunes that are called ‘ergs’ and make up one fifth of the desert, there are rocks and taluses. There are even mountains as high as 3 thousand meters.

Situated at the South America, the Amazon Basin is the land around Amazon River. Rain forests grab the most attention in this basin. As long as 6 thousand 400 kilometers, this river is one of worlds longest and this resource is considered as the world’s oxygen source with its rain forests. The forests house thousands of plant and animal species, a number of local communities live in these forests.

Derived from ‘neilos’ (‘river bed’) in Greek River Nile was called as iteru’ (big river’) in Ancient Egypt. World’s longest ri

Travel Bulgaria

A temptation to travel Bulgaria to see the Monastery and its unique architecture

Travel Bulgaria – The Rila Monastery – unity of spirituality, culture and nature…

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The Monastery has a unique architecture and takes about 8800 sq.m. When one looks from outside, it resembles a fortress. Due to its 24-metre stone walls, the Monastery has the shape of an irregular pentagon. Once the visitor travel Bulgaria is in, though, they are impressed by its architecture. Impressive arches and colonnades, covered wooden stairs and carved verandas…

St. Ivan of Rila

The hermit St. Ivan of Rila founded the monastery during the rule of Tsar Peter I. It is normal that the monastery bears the hermit’s name. Actually the hermit lived

At the Well Part 7

On
the threshold, through the faint light of the early dawn, he noticed a human
figure.

“Who
are you, there?”

“It
is me, grandpa, Anoka! I want to die. Forgive me, if you can.’ Grandpa stopped,
swayed, and almost fell.

“My
child, it is sinful to talk like that. Look at my hair, not even the sheep’s
wool is whiter.”

Anoka
grasped the hem of his cloak which hung down from his shoulders, and kissed it.

“I
have sinned awfully. I destroyed the harmony of your home. For-give me, for
God’s sake!”

Nothing
easier than to make an old man cry. Tears rolled down his cheeks. He took her
head in both his hands and kissed her.

“Come
in.”

She
followed him into the room.

“Sit
down there.”

She
sat on a stool, and grandpa on the edge of the bed. 

“Shell
some of these beans.”

Remained silent

She did so. Grandpa looked at her with joy. Bo

At the Well Part 6

Slumber
over there. Do you want to be punished by God? She said to Petriya.

The
moon was overhead. Everything was so quiet. Anoka’s heart was breaking and
something was slowly dying within her.

She
couldn`t go on like this any longer, but what was to be done? Should she return
to her father—what could she tell him?—“Grandpa has ordered everybody to obey
my will.” No, she couldn’t say anything like this. And then, this terrible
night will also have its end, and soon the dawn will break and the sun will
shine on all God’s creatures But she, disgraceful person, what shall she do?
Could she be more furious than she is? To be quiet—but how? To surrender? No!

The
thoughts played a wild dance in her head, crossing, mingling and intermingling.      

She
felt very tired. Passions, love, hatred, hunger and thirst all disappeared. Her
eyelids were heavy like lead, and still they would not close. She felt so

At the Well Part 5

The
same evening all the men were sitting around the table, for it was supper time.
Radoyka was the only woman among them. The other women had their supper in the
kitchen. Two or three women were serving at the table.

It
was Anoka’s turn to serve.

Two
other women walked in and out with dishes and food. Anoka leaned against the
door and made faces.

Grandpa
gave her a terrific look. All were speechless. Radoyka felt all the blood
rushing to her head. Anoka did not even notice it!

After
supper everybody made a sign of the cross, waiting for grand-pa’s sign for
leaving the room.

Crust of bread

But the old man pushed aside a crust of bread, the spoon, the knife, and the wooden dish. He rested his head on his palm, looked around and fixed his eyes on Anoka.

She
was on pins and needles, dropped her arms, stretched her strong and beautiful
body, and moved to leave the room.

“Wait,
my daughter,” said

At the Well Part 4

Anoka’s
fury grew day by day and she invented all kinds of tricks with which to tease
the people in the house. She would chase the dogs into the kitchen, and would
allow them to eat up the meat in the pot. She would open the faucets of the
kegs in the cellar, so the wine would flow out. The bread in the oven always
burned if she was to watch it. On working days, for instance, she would put on
holiday attire. It became worse and worse. The women couldn’t stand it any
longer. Once, when it was Anoka’s turn to be the redara (housekeeper) she left
home and went to the fair. Then the sisters-in-law gathered secretly.

“I
don’t know, dear sisters, what great wrong we have committed that we should
have to suffer so much.”

“Neither
do I know.”

“That’s
a great punishment and a great misfortune.”

“God
alone can help us.”

“No,
it cannot go on like this any more.”

“Let
us talk to grandma, and she will tak

At the Well Part 3

Grandfather’s
oldest son, Blagoye, Arsen’s father, is the third member of the home council.
The rest of the family listens and obeys. The three elders sometimes leave the
house intentionally, to give the children a chance to play to their heart’s
desire, the women to talk as much as they might please and the men to smoke
freely. The moment, however, one of the “big three” steps into the house, every
one becomes quiet and busy.

Grandpa,
being an old man, would frequently behave like a child. At times he would lose
his temper for the least trifle, then he would rage, scold, and, in his
excitement, strike at the nearest one. Again, he would be gentle, generous,
play with the youngsters, give them coppers. Then again, for no reason in the
world, he would begin to cry: “I am left alone in this world like a withered
tree on a mountain.”

Youth
has its frivolity, old age its senility.

The
day following Arsen’s adventure, Blagoye came to Radoyka

At the Well Part 2

That
evening Arsen came home in a melancholy mood. Contrary to his habit, he first
went into the wine cellar and took a stiff drink, the first time he had ever
done so. He returned to the yard, sat down on a block of wood where he remained
long after dark, absorbed by nocturnal sounds. In the kitchen on the hearth,
flaming tongues shot out and licked the iron cauldron suspended by chains from
the ceiling. A newly discovered fire was burning in Arsen’s heart. In the
surrounding darkness he discerned human forms, dogs crossing the yard, oxen
returning from pasture; he heard the trampling of horses in their stalls; he
recognized his brother Nenad returning from the city. A hen jumped from the
mulberry tree, looked round sleepily, and flew to another branch. Already a
mouse dared to nibble at the block on which Arsen was sitting.

He
felt dizzy, and became frightened at his heart beats. Suddenly he began to
laugh, stupidly, for no reason at all. As he laughed and cried interm

At the Well Part 1

Laza K. Lazarevich (1851-1890)

After
completing his law studies at Belgrade, Lazarevich received a government
fellowship in medicine, and in 1872 began studying in Berlin. Seven years
later, having received his degree, he returned to Belgrade, where he filled
important official positions in his capacity as physician. He died in Belgrade
in 1890, probably of tuberculosis. Lazarevich is one of the most gifted and
popular of Serbian writers. His literary works were many and varied. 

Of
his many stories of the life of his native land, At the Well (first published
in 1881) is considered one of the finest. It is here published for the first
time in English. The translation is by I. Altaraz, Ph.D., to whom thanks are
due for permission to use it.

At the Well

Taense clouds of flakes, like white ghosts, are driven by the howling wind and swept in all directions until they hang like tiny white crystals on man’s whiskers and horse’s mane.—Tha

Visit Bulgaria Middle Ages History

A Taste of Medieval Bulgaria

Visit Bulgaria Day 1

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Visit Bulgaria starts – Sofia – Vidin

Firstly, we welcome you for your visit Bulgaria holiday in the city of Sofia. After that we leave for the town of Vidin, where we will have lunch. In Vidin we will see Baba Vida Fortress – the only fully preserved medieval fortress in Bulgaria that lies on the very bank of the Danube River in the northern end of the beautiful town of Vidin.

Next, for the nature-lovers we can offer a visit to the famous Belogradchik Rocks and Magura Cave. They are both located no more than an hour away from the town.

Overnight in a hotel in Vidin.

Visit Bulgaria Day 2