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December 13, 2017

Bloggin’ in Bulgaria: Day 9

After a quick morning visit to a local fruit stand, we were picked up by Dimitar (and Iva) for a road trip A famous Bulgarian town. After a long drive thru valleys and past a gold-mining town (incidentally, the mine is owned by a Canadian mining company), we eventually ascended into the Balkan Mountains.  It was then that we came upon the town of Koprivshtitsa. +

December 12, 2017

Bloggin’ in Bulgaria: Day 8

We decided to explore the City of Sofia a bit today. It was a beautiful day, warm and sunny, and perfect for a walking tour.


December 11, 2017

Bloggin’ in Bulgaria: Day 7

Darrell is still feeling under the weather, so unfortunately he is missing out on today’s trek into the mountains of Bulgaria.

Today Tsvetan, Dobrin and I made our way to Vitosha Mountain for a day of hiking and wonderful conversation.  +

December 10, 2017

Bloggin’ in Bulgaria: Day 6

After having a good sleep, we agreed to meet Iva Boneva at the National Art Gallery of Bulgaria.  It is a beautiful building whose construction was started in 1878, just after its proclamation of independence from the Ottoman empire.  Its original purpose was as a place for Bulgaria’s first monarch, but over time and after many additions, it became the national gallery. +

December 9, 2017

Bloggin’ in Bulgaria: Day 5

Our day started early as we were met by Desislava just outside of the Metro station.  From there she escorted us to the conference venue, The Inter Expo Centre.  The venue was beautiful and we were both impressed with the quality of the room, the technical support and the simultaneous translation services. +

December 8, 2017

Bloggin’ in Bulgaria: Day 4

Today was an all-business day in Bulgaria.  The staff of C.I.E. were frantically getting ready for tomorrow big conference; moving packages, testing technology and readying presentations.  With approximately 400 attendees, mostly educators, it’s an important day in the life of C.I.E because educators are primarily who they work with. +

December 7, 2017

Bloggin’ in Bulgaria: Day 3

Today we left bright and early for the Rila Monastery, located in the southwestern Rila Mountains of Bulgaria. Denislava and Evgeny were our hosts for the day, and graciously toured us around and answered our many questions. +

December 6, 2017

Bloggin’ in Bulgaria: Day 2

Our morning started early with a road trip to Bresovo to meet with the school administrators at Hristo Smirnenski Secondary School.  The school is one of two of the Centre For Inclusive Education’s (CIE) participating schools in the “School Makes Sense Program” (SMSP) +

December 5, 2017

Bloggin’ in Bulgaria: Day 1

It would have been easy to have been discouraged by the considerable delays we encountered getting to Bulgaria, but in some way it only served to heighten the privilege we felt of being invited to travel there. +

March 29, 2016

Bulgarian Visit Day Eleven

Day 11: Sunday, March 21

This is our last day in Winnipeg. We need to catch our flight in the late afternoon, but our hosts have one last present for us. In order to make us true Canadians Darrell takes us to a curling game. Something more – it is the final game of the season for the team he used to play for, and on which two of the board members of Career Trek, Gordon Hannon and Victor Bellay, play.