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Wordless Wednesday: United Tastes of America

United Tastes of America
Location: Nuremberg, Germany


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

Wordless Wednesday: Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages
Location: Belogradchik, Bulgaria

February 12, 2018 at 9:29 am 6 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Ouch! It Bit Me!

Fisherman's Wharf
Location: Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, California

February 5, 2018 at 9:02 am 2 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved

A Walk to Remember the Park

Location: Lake Chabot Park, Castro Valley, California
I chanced upon this couple in their 70s holding hands while walking in the park. Although I consider it intrusive to take pictures of people without their permission, it was such a lovely sight that I had to make an exception.

I find it admirable to see two people grow old together and enjoying each other’s company. They’re living proof that a marriage can last “until death do us part.”

A successful relationship will always be a work in progress. It requires shared commitment and mutual respect in facing life’s challenges that come along the way. It gets easier when a beloved partner is on your side.


a trusted volume
that doesn’t stay languid
on the shelf and gather dust
that’s you, beloved

read cover to cover
i’d known you by heart
still, when i part the pages
you’d come fresh, the fireworks start

a companion on long hikes
and a pillow on my head
as i lay down on the grass to rest
that’s you, beloved

– Plaridel


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