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Humans of Rhodope Mountains: Chapter 4 – A Walk in the Wild

Series by Rosa Vroom about the people, traditions and nature of Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria Break in the path between Hvoina and Kosovo. In the Rhodope Mountains and in general in Bulgaria, it is common to hear complaints about touristic local trails: ‘They are not marked’ ‘They are marked on one way but not on […]

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Sirni Zagovezni – The tradition of asking for forgiveness in Bulgaria

This year Orthodox Easter holidays are one month later than the Catholic ones. While Catholics have had their week off, Orthodox still have to wait a month. Lutherans have them together with the Catholics, and Jewish will start a few days before. No one forgets the holiday dates, but… Are we still aware of the […]

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From a wooden spoon – to the rich history of the Rhodope Mountains

Series by Rosa Vroom about the people, traditions and nature of Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria ‘This region must have been very rich’ we concluded after visiting the village of Mogilitsa. At first sight, this village situated on the South Rhodope Mountains looks similar to other villages. Old wooden houses, connected by a non-very-well-conserved pavement, that […]

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Humans of Rhodope Mountains: Kukeri festival in Shiroka Laka

Working with a manual lens at the Kukeri Festival in Shiroka Laka is not the best option. Neither it is walking up late and extending breakfast at Kosovo Houses. At 10.00 on Sunday the traffic jam surrounds the village. Shiroka Laka becomes a veritable sea of dancing people, revelry, and of course, kukeri. This year […]

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Humans of Rhodope Mountains: Chapter 3 – Solishta

Series by Rosa Vroom about the people, traditions and nature of Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria If you first ask a Bulgarian about the Nature and resources of his birthplace, the bell will always ring. “Solishta is surrounded by Chernocheto, 300 years old pine forest”. “Solishta has a unique quarry of soft rocks perfect for handcraft […]

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Humans of Rhodope Mountains: Chapter 2 – Off the main road

Hands of a lifelong fieldworker

Series by Rosa Vroom about the people, traditions and nature of Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria One of most interesting experiences of travelling in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria is taking an unknown road. Its number of turns, its steepness, its wildness or its width will probably shape your adventure. Or may be not. Sometimes it’s […]

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Humans Of Rhodope mountains: Chapter 1 – Ryakata

Series by Rosa Vroom about the people, traditions and nature of Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria It is known that people from the Rhodope Mountains talk with a different accent. Sometimes it even sounds as a dialect of Bulgarian. ‘Stobila babulka na vargulka’ , explains Zamfir, is supposed to mean the same as ‘Katsnal brambar na […]

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Mezek Winery visits Kosovo Houses

On the 13th and 14th of February 2016, Kosovo Houses will offer you the opportunity to experience the magic of the wines that the “Mezek Winery” produces – with a degustation personally led by Sasho Karapeev – owner of this boutique winery and a dear guest of “Kosovo Houses”. Just before the feast of love […]

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Alex and Matt’s colourful wedding

The passing year 2015 brought us a really sunny and pleasant December and with it came one of the best and most positive events recently. They are Alexandra and Matt. She is from Bulgaria, he is from Zimbabwe. And they chose Kosovo village to have their wedding.   Alex and Matt chose the emblematic little […]

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Bulgarian animation aims to mix folklore and modern art

golden apple series

The Bulgarian Studio Zmei (an old word in Bulgarian equivalent to dragon) has set itself an ambitious task: combine Bulgarian legends and myths with a modern twist to produce an epic animated series aimed at both Bulgaria and the word. The series will be called “The Golden Apple”, and the name comes from Bulgarian folk […]

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