Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The Next Few Months... Bulgaria Trip

For the past month or so, I’ve been telling the same story over & over again, so now I figured I’d get it all done and over with here :) On May 1, DV, Louise D. and I will be heading out to Bulgaria for two months! Bulglbu-what, you ask? Is that some sort of disease? Nope, it’s actually a country in Eastern Europe. Louise & I hope to help in schooling some of the families out there, teaching them English, etc.

There’ll even be a little time at the end for a quick, adventure-filled scamper around Europe. Of course, teaching English to children who enjoy having "salutary conversations" will be an adventure all of itself. (Dariel is the salutary young man: at 10 years old, he’s using English words I have to look up! Now Paul, who’s 2 and knows the letter "A", he’s more at our level :) We’re definitely looking forward to it!
If you have any questions, I’ll answer them by message/ email :)

A few facts about Bulgaria:
  • Location: South-eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Romania and Turkey
  • Terrain: Mostly mountains with lowlands in north and southeast
  • Religions: Bulgarian Orthodox 82.6%, Muslim 12.2%, other Christian 1.2%, other 4% (2001 census)
  • Language Groups: Bulgarian 84.5%, Turkish 9.6%, Roma 4.1%, other and unspecified 1.8% (2001 census)
  • Occupied by the Ottoman Empire until 1885
  • The town of Sapareva Banya has the hottest mineral water spring in Bulgaria.
  • Bulgaria has around four thousand mapped caves.
  • Varna, on the Black Sea, was a trading centre in ancient times. A cemetery, found in 1972, contained many gold and copper artifacts from around 4600 BC to 4200 BC.

Sources: http://www.propertyshowrooms.com/bulgaria/guide/bulgaria-facts.asp%20http://www.worldinfozone.com/facts.php?country=Bulgaria

5 comments:

Louise said...

wow, thanks Ruth! :)
I've been meaning to post some info on my blog about the trip too, but haven't found the time yet... I'll just refer them to you ;) hehe
talk to you soon!

Mark said...

Hey nice! That's got to be crazy. Hope the trip is...educational. ehem

Michele said...

Ruth,

Thanks for filling us in some more. The time is so soon, and suddenly you both will be gone, Lord willing, for two months. I am going to miss you a lot, but pray that the Lord will show you amazing things, and that this trip will glorify Him.
Love you lots :)

Ruth said...

LOL, Lou, I love how we compensate for eachother's shortcomings :) Just hope that works out when we're getting lost in the darker allies of Italy :)

Thanks for the well-wishes, Mark and Michele! Please do pray: there may be many challenges...

Chrissy said...

Thanks for stats on Bulgaria -- if I hadn't known you I think I would have been duped into thinking it was a random disease... :D
I hope you and Louise have a very enjoyable and adventursome time!!
You'll be in my prayers!