The tables are filling with people as we walk from the museum and church into the village’s central square. We learn that our group of nine is invited to eat with the secretary of the cultural house and her family! Long tables are set up along the edges of the street and in front of the buildings. The September day is delightful with blue sky and white clouds, clean valley air, 70 degrees and laughter filling the air.
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A teacher of folk singing and dancing is getting the dancing started. She has brought some of her students from the cultural house in Kyustendil.
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After dancing, we are shown some giant vegetables.
Jerrie, one of our travelers, sums up the day. “The atmosphere was wonderful — such warm people!”
Links to Part I Inside Goranovtsi Village, Bulgaria: the Cultural House
To the members of Hristo Botev Cultural House and the village of Goranovtsi Village: “Thank you for a very special day!”
Thank you, also, to Alex Palichev for filling in some details for me in this series. He designed the tour and is the tour company owner. He has extensive knowledge and many contacts from his career as former Deputy Minister of Culture and Chief Engineer and deputy Director for the Institute of Monuments of Culture.
Photographs copyright of Evelyn and Del Weliver.