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Running out of time

It may sound ordinary but it’s true – sooner or later everything comes to an end. Without even noticing it we spent a whole week in Bulgaria discussing different religions and the co-existence and cooperation between them. It was an interesting, inspiring and enriching experience, which helped us discover new paths of knowledge and get some unforgettable memories. The last days of acad...

The Rose of Sofia

So, here it is; the movie produced during the academy in Bulgaria with the bloomy title: The Rose of Sofia. The movie is dealing with the BIG topics: love, family, religion, tolerance… Watch it here…

Time to move some boundaries!

After many new impressions that we had gained the previous days, Friday was our chance to present the new knowledge in a special virtual laboratory. We spent the whole day in the National History Museum of Plovdiv, where the atmosphere became really creative and everybody was activelly involved in achieving our main goal. With a bit of technical help  the participants created a virtual world where...

The Last Judgement

After meeting representatives of different religions we all thought there was nothing more that could impress us any more. And of course, we were wrong! 🙂 A whole new world invaded our minds when we arrived at Bachkovo’s monastery situated close to the city of Plovdiv. Once we entered past the monastery’s walls it was the calmness and silence which stroke us. We couldn’t even bel...

“This is absolute nonsense!” – visiting the synagogue in Plovdiv

The next group, represented by Мeta, Martin, Nikola and Benjamin,  visited the Synagogue in Plovdiv. That is how they experienced the interview: “We met the guides early in the morning, and walked around the city on a short tour guide and a visit to a little history museum, which had exhibits from 500 BC to the end of the middle ages. When we arrived at the Synagogue four elderly Jews from t...

“Only the peak of the iceberg” – visiting the mosque

The last, but not least group spent the morning researching the Muslim community: “Today (even if it was a rainy day) was a special one for us concerning the topic religion, taking into account that we all belong to religious communities different from the one we had the occasion to “discover”: the Muslim community. The person who helped us finding out more about Islam was Kemal Rashid. What...

A city in the city – the Armenian community in Plovdiv

Mara, Alina, Nils, Jane, Ida who visited the Armenian church share their experience: “The Armenian Church is located in an idyllic area of Plovdiv, just next to the Armenian school. We were introduced by a very kind Armenian woman who was daily related to the church. She had the church doors especially unlocked for us, and we went in, feeling very wet from the rain but also very welcome. The...

It’s worth its weight in gold

Thursday started with a raining morning, but there was no time to think about how not to get wet. It was the day when we starting discovering different religious communities and overcoming some religious myths. Research was also on the top of the list in order to gain as much material as possible for the final presentation. So when we finished our breakfast we left the hotel in 4 groups, guided by...

Love or Religion? The eternal dilemma

What was life like in the 19th century in a small multi-religiuos town from the Balkans? Since this morning our Eustorians already know that. They all spent the morning playing their special parts in an astonishing role play called Balkania. Our participants formed three religious  communities that had to overcome their differences and prejudices in order to live in peace and harmony. Of course th...

How religious is Europe?

Tuesday morning was gloomy but after our international energizing games we were all feeling enthusiastic. Although there were clouds outside we had a sunny atmosphere during our morning discussions. Everyone finally got the oppurtunity to present his/her homework for the academy and talk about  the religious situation in his/her own country. Feel free to compare, Eustorians! 🙂  We had two aims and...

From a cup of good mood to a deserved dessert

Good morning Guys, it is time for your morning coffee! We are having our cup of good mood in our World Cafe and now we are ready to start sharing some experience on how to join a Youth Academy. What motivated us? What topics did we choose? What difficulties did we met? Was it worth doing it? – plenty of questions found their answers. During this process we found out that we have much more in...

Here we gooooo! :)

Hi, virtual Eustory friends! We are Mila and Vaya from Bulgaria – the EUSTORY alumni who are going to keep you in touch with everything going on this week during the last but not least EUSTORY Academy for the year – the one in Bulgaria. We are getting the information straight from the horse mouth and giving it all to you. Enjoy! 🙂 10.10.10 – the happiest day of the year is the da...

Final countdown

Today – after the arrival of the 17 participants – the last EUSTORY academy of 2010 will start. We expect here students from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. The first have already arrived, the last will come around midnight. Tomorrow  we will start our program in Sofia but we will move then to Plovdiv on Tuesday ...

It is time for our EUSTORY Academy from Bulgaria to start!

A small country (approximately 7,5 million people) situated in the South of Europe, part of the Balkan Peninsula and one of the newest members of the European Union, Bulgaria has an interesting culture and a fascinating past to which religious diversity has contributed a lot over the centuries.     The country is considered by tradition a Christian one, ever since 865 when the Constantin...