A Bulgarian “Guyland”

This is an academic research paper written for my class "Sociology of Gender" at Middlebury College. If you have any feedback, please, use the comments section under the article! Happy reading! M. From a sociological perspective masculinity is everything but “innate” and “ahistorical”. The definition of “manhood” is socially constructed by culture. In the words … Continue reading A Bulgarian “Guyland”

No “Occupied Palestinian Territories”

Today I attended the Celebration of the International Day of Jerusalem in Sofia which featured talks by the Palestinian and Iranian Embassadors in Bulgaria and other high profile individuals related to the politics of the Middle East. The talks all revolved aroun the current situation in Gaza and on the West Bank, so at the … Continue reading No “Occupied Palestinian Territories”

My 21st Birthday in Palestine

In second grade I invited my classmates and friends from school to celebrate my birthday. My mom and I cooked all day and prepared a one-of-a-kind home-made Barbie-like cake with a real doll inside. It was perfect. When nobody came I stayed at our apartment's balcony hoping that people are just late, crying. The only … Continue reading My 21st Birthday in Palestine

Destination Recreation: Christmas Tree Farms

Destination Recreation: Christmas Tree Farms. Here I am on the Vermont WCAX TV Channel Check out the vid and don't mind my hair! MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - WCAX Whether it's already cut and waiting or still hiding in the field, a tree farm can hold that perfect centerpiece for your holiday living room. And at Werner … Continue reading Destination Recreation: Christmas Tree Farms

Alternative education in the Bulgarian school system

By Maggie Nazer I learned to read at the age of 5 and eagerly wanted to start school. I entered the Bulgarian educational system at 7 and some thirteen years later I am happy I got out of it alive and somewhat sane. I hated school. I was always the brightest in class; my teachers … Continue reading Alternative education in the Bulgarian school system

Kitchen Stories from the Balkans

Photographs and text by Eugenia Maximova The people of the Balkans live in the shadow of a long history of wars, conflicts and unresolved ethnic tensions. Much of the energy that could have gone into building a future has been squandered on maintaining those tensions and the result is an impoverished present. Young families must … Continue reading Kitchen Stories from the Balkans