Optimism for Bulgaria

The Carpenters’ Bulgarian Playlist (& Other 1990s Adventures)

In the early days of May 1995 Scott and Susan Carpenter and their 11-month-old son Alex moved into a simple two-bedroom apartment right off Vitosha Boulevard, by the National Palace of Culture (NDK), in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. They had a view of the nearby mountain, also called Vitosha, and would listen to the Bulgarian national anthem every 15 minutes.

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Time Travel through History—to Preserve It

“When you study World War II or the communist period, it’s just dry numbers. You can’t have an emotional connection to numbers. But if you can experience what it is like to be toiling away on Belene Island during peak mosquito season, history is less likely to repeat itself.”

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