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Representing your country

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Bulgaria.

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Representing your country

Post Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 2:46 am

I think the recent rants that have surfaced on this forum are an opportunity to discuss some of the broader implications of living abroad. Several members of the forum have been brave and adventurousness enough to move beyond the imported enclaves of Sunny Beach, Bansko, Veliko Turnovo, and Pamporovo to more rural, less cosmopolitan areas. For all the Bulgarian immigrants, and especially these folk who are in the countryside, it is important to realize that you really do represent your national character to a whole host of people who may never have met someone from outside the eastern block.

I repeatedly read about how generous Bulgarians have been of their time and resources, and would point out that this MUST be returned in kind. When you as an individual are cheap, mean or unruly, the immediate translation is that ALL (Brits, Americans, whatever) are that way. This can truly sour the pot if one insensitive lout breezes through a region full of the newfound status as "rich foreigner".

While you are here, you are a guest, invited through generosity. There are plenty of bitter people in Bulgaria who watched the opportunities in their lives flushed away through revolution and political and economic upheaval. There is a lost generation there, and many of them fully understand that the real estate boom that we are taking advantage of will dis-inherit their children. Don’t be surprised when you stumble across someone deep in their despair who is not happy to see the economic conquerors drive up in western cars and exclaim over the picturesque poverty.

For the most part, reading this forum it seems that the people who are writing in regularly are keen to go native, establish real relationships, and try their hand at a really different way of living. These folks probably won’t have problems, as deeds speak louder than words. However, you will be challenged, as the recent thread about property damage illustrates.

The question is will we as guests be gracious when attacked?
It is difficult when someone comes out in full swing, seemingly unprovoked. Perhaps the last person they encountered from your country left a sour trail behind them?


PS sorry to be preachy- I’m not perfect either, almost punched my father in law when he "helpfully" cut down the tree in front of our house while I was inside fetching lemonade..
Now I'm done with my sedate rant.

 

zlatev
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Re: Representing your country

Post Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:02 am

Hats off on you Zlatev!Quite enlightning and socially proactive post.
Representation entails responsibility and not only this...
Lets hope more tolerance, peace and propserity will rule in our lovely Bulgaria!

 

Vasko
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Re: Representing your country

Post Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 3:16 am

Well stated
It is all very true, we all represent our country whether inland or on the coast.
The Bulgarian people have been taken advantage of , not just by the British but by nearly every surounding country, firstly by some of the Russians who helped put them in poverty in the first place.
Hopefully things will improve for the locals very soon, but untill then we must expect a posibility of resentment, if people flaunt their wealth or treat them with distain. But generally people who buy next to the locals, understand them and want to mix with them.
No, non of us are perfect, and it pays to think what a privalige it is for us to be there


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jjmmdd
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Re: Representing your country

Post Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 5:05 am

Hi Zlatev
very well put.
The local people here where I stay [and throughout the Highlands] were also very badly treated in the past - houses burned [even with baba inside!!!] their possessions were thrown out and lay broken in the snow and the people themselves FORCED to emigrate far far from their native land - some were even SOLD to work abroad, much like slaves. Then the areas where they had stayed were turned into sheep farms or "estates" for rich people to hunt and fish whilst the local people struggled to make a living from this harsh northern land with its poor soil and wild weather. In the early part of the 20th century people up here actually starved to death. They were even forbidden to speak their native language = the Gaelic. Children in school suffered corporal punishment if they were caught speaking their own mother tongue. Despite this persecution [by fellow Scots btw] they have kept their Celtic culture and heritage alive. I feel extremely privileged to live here in the "land of the Gael". They are wonderful people and I am sure they have much in common with the Bulgarian people who, too, have kept their culture alive despite persecution and deprivation. I take my hat off to both sets of people and I will be proud to represent my country in Bulgaria.


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Re: Representing your country

Post Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 5:09 am

By the way, I think Rod has had a pretty hard day, is there anyway we can collectivly send flowers???

Cheers Rod, and sleep tight.

 

zlatev
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Re: Representing your country

Post Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 5:11 am

awwww that's a lovely gesture
i'll send some wild primroses - we have loads in our garden
jan


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