Sarakatsani

By Lea, Filed under: Blog   None

There is a small community of Sarakatsans living in Shipka. Sarakatsani, also known as Karakachans are an ethnic minority in Bulgaria, originating from Greece. They were transhumant shepards, and their descendants in smaller amount inhabits present Bulgaria, southern Albania and Republic of Macedonia. Historically they were located in the Pindus mountains of the continental Greece,  … Read more

Thracians

By Lea, Filed under: Blog   None

The Thracians lived near Shipka 2000 years B.C. and left very obvious prove of their existence with numerous tombs, which are possible to visit nowadays. The last one, called Kosmatka was discovered in the year 2004 with a very important finding, a golden mask of a Thracian King Teres I (the first ruler of the  … Read more

Dogs in Shipka

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: Blog, Volunteers   None

Since I got here, I am facing more and more sad things regarding to the misstreatment of the dogs (animals) in Shipka, or better said, generally in Bulgaria. That’s why I decided to make some posts about the topic as my personal project, which I am sure won’t have much of an impact but still,  … Read more

3rd of March – The Independence Day

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: Blog   Comments Off on 3rd of March – The Independence Day

One of the most important dates in Bulgaria is definitely the 3rd of March, the national holiday, celebrating the Independence, Bulgaria got in the year 1878  fighting against the Ottoman Empire with alliance of Russia. The battle for this important act happened in the town of Shipka which is known across Bulgaria and thanks to  … Read more

1st of March – “Baba Marta” day

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: Blog   Comments Off on 1st of March – “Baba Marta” day

The tradition of “Baba Marta”, in English “Grandma Marta” originates from the pagan times and it is considered one of the oldest continuing traditions in Christian Europe. The holiday or better custom is celebrated on 1st of March in Bulgaria, and something similar in Romania, Moldova and Albania. The day itself is celebrating the rebirth of things,  … Read more

The dog shelter in Kazanlak

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: Blog, Volunteers   None

Before my project here strated, I was asking my boss if it would be possible to volunteer in the dog shelter nearby and she said it wouldn’t be a problem. I was very happy about it as I was searching in the first place  for a project related to the animals’ welfare. Once I came  … Read more

Molly, the Gipsy Princess

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: Blog, Volunteers   None

It have been almost eight months since I have been living here and a half of my staying was fulfilled by the presence of my dog Molly, The Gipsy Princess. You might read her story and think it is not that extraordinary, and I would agree, but still like to share it. It was February  … Read more

Felix Vogeli

By Tatyana Kossekova, Filed under: Blog   None

Photos and paintings from the Shipka museum of the Forrest from the early 1900’s. As you can see the hillsides are bare. No trees are growing. This lead to a cathastrophic floods with every heavy rain. In 1904, at the Kazanlak public request, the Bulgarian Government asked the French Government for help to fight against  … Read more