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I just got home from one of my favorite places in Dobrich: the ceramics shop. It’s a little room in the Old Town part of Dobrich, the one rebuilt in 1976 as a model of old Bulgarian architecture and artisan work. I go there a lot. When there is someone in town, I’m always sure...
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  My sister visited me last month. On an evening walk through downtown Sofia, we stopped at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. This space has been closed each time I’ve gone past. On this particular night, the building was open. Saturday evening Vespers. Pictures are forbidden inside. I snuck an audio clip and a picture of...
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I loaned my book of Jane Hirshfield poetry (“After”)  to a friend after she was in a Car Accident. This was over three years ago. I lived on Foster Ave in State College. e sat on the wooden slats of my bedroom floor in the evening light and talked about it.I gave her a change...
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            The term break in my Bulgarian school was at the end of January. Four other Americans and myself met in Sofia and took a series of buses to Kosovo to explore during our few days off in hectic and draining work schedules. Each of us carried some worn part of ourselves and thought and...
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I miscalculated somewhere in junior high. It was probably around the same time that my friend Kelly quietly said in our seventh grade french class that she would like to be a french teacher. Mrs. Bonfanti nodded encouragingly. We all looked at her like she was crazy. She was crazy because she wanted to be...
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I leave for Sofia in an hour. One night in Sofia. Then a weekend in the mountains. Then the GRE. Oh the GRE. I’ve been studying for a few months. If nothing else, I can say that I’m consistent: the score I started with is the score I’ll end with. Almost no change in months...
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I got the itch to go a’wandering on Saturday. The weather was perfect. Warm in the sun. Fall crisp and crunch in the shade. A few wandering clouds. A breeze. Took a bus to Balchik, a coastal town. Fell quite in love with its hilly streets, stone steps leading to more streets and back alleys,...
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Salsa Party, Dobrich I seriously might just write pages and pages about dance in Bulgaria. I have no idea where to begin with this. Any moment of any dance experience I’ve had so far could turn into a mini essay, a blog post, etc. I’d like to turn studying dance in Bulgaria into a kind...
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I kind of love my 11th classes. No offense to anyone else. I just don’t see them as much. The 11th Classes I get with Lucy on Tuesdays and some extras on other days AND my Thursdays. Thursdays. The. Best. I’m up super early, almost done teaching by 9am. They are tired, dragging. But I...
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I just didn’t have time. That’s what it felt like and was true in many ways. With multiple books for multiple classes, tackling the immense library of the world with 600+ page books felt seemingly impossible. With campus ministry, I read lighter books that would fit in my bag during the day. There were a...
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