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Wordless Wednesday: United Tastes of America

United Tastes of America
Location: Nuremberg, Germany
 

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February 19, 2018 at 8:51 am Leave a comment

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet

Welcome Bread
Location: Glogovo, Teteven, Loveč, Bulgaria

 
Bread and salt is commonly used by a Bulgarian family to welcome guests into their home. Each guest in turn takes a small piece, dips it into salt, and eats it. It’s been said that the tradition goes as far back as to the time of the Thracians in the 4th century.

Lyuba Boyanin
Lyuba Boyanin

 
When visiting Bulgaria in 2012, we were fortunate to have a tour guide that exemplified this expression of hospitality in human form. Her name was Lyuba Boyanin. She was on the top of her game as she took 14 of us around the country for 12 days. She was sweet, gentle, and caring in attending to our needs. In looking back, we couldn’t ask for a better guide.

In October 2017, we went back to Bulgaria. It was bittersweet revisiting some of the places where Lyuba took us before. It was because she died of cancer in 2016. It was a great loss to Bulgaria’s burgeoning tourist industry. But such is life. Hopefully, many will be as passionate of her native country as she was and follow in her footsteps. May she rest in peace.

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February 16, 2018 at 9:18 am 4 comments

Some Growing Up To Do

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 16 February 2018

Dale Rogerson

Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson
 
Returning home on a stormy evening, Nathan was worried Sara had left him. He was relieved to find her in bed asleep.

After six months of living together, they had their first big fight. Nathan found her messy standing in contrast to the way he was brought up.

“You’re home,” Sara said, awakened by his presence.

“I’m sorry for what happened today. I said things I shouldn’t have said.”

“Apology accepted. We both need some growing up to do.”

“Hey, is that my pajama you’re wearing?”

“Do you mind? Mine are all in the hamper.”

“No, no, not at all.”

February 14, 2018 at 3:04 pm 40 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages
Location: Belogradchik, Bulgaria
 

February 12, 2018 at 9:29 am 6 comments

What Does This Dream Mean?

Snoopy Driving a Car

Snoopy – Charles Schulz
 
Last night, I had this nightmare again.

It was early evening. I was in the driver’s seat of my old yellow Volkswagen bug donated to charity many years ago. I turned on the key and put the car into reverse. While getting out of the garage, I found my eyes shut tight and I couldn’t open them.

Afraid of crashing into something or being hit by another car, I tried to stop the car. Frantically, I stepped on the brakes. It didn’t work. I tried shifting gears. It didn’t work either. The car just kept going down the hill.

Suddenly, I could open my eyes again. I was on the highway leading to my hometown in the Philippines . From that point on, I was able to drive normally.

I wonder what this dream is all about?

Usually, I have the ability to control my dreams, but I’m helpless on this one. Does it portend the future? What does driving with my eyes shut indicate? Does it mean that when faced with uncertainties I should let go of fear and learn to trust in a power beyond myself?

The fact that the ordeal, no matter how traumatic, ended without incident seems to point to that conclusion. When I couldn’t see, an invisible hand came to my rescue and kept me from harm.

February 9, 2018 at 5:02 pm 8 comments

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