I write regarding the Vox Pop item from Bryan Turner (again) in Vagabond No. 31.

I find that there is nothing more infuriating than an American who feels that he can criticise (this, of course, is from a representative of the nation that induced the international credit squeeze!) on a country that he wishes to renew a residential card for (not sure if he refers to the United States or Bulgaria as the location of residence is not mentioned).

Hopefully, by the time renewal is necessary, the Civil Service will have installed computers, then bureaucracy will be rampant and many applications for renewals will be lost somewhere in outer space!

As regards a nation's Civil Service and bureaucracy, have you tried entering the United States lately?

Jeffrey Green, Veliko Tarnovo 
(the optimistic Englishman who hopes that one day manners will prevail) 



If compliments are due to your excellent photographs, how did it come to be that on your April issue front cover a crescent (a Muslim-Turkish symbol!) happens to be just above the dome of Aleksandr Nevskiy Cathedral?

Furthermore, nothing mentioned about Easter traditions and festivities in Bulgaria – after all Vagabond is supposed to be the most prestigious English language magazine in Bulgaria and about Bulgaria.

Anyway, my congratulations about your story introducing Angel Stankov MBE – a gentleman of high esteem and standing – to English speaking readers.

R. Rashkov


The Moon also shines in Bulgaria!

For further information on the Orthodox Easter, please look at the pages immediately after the article about Angel Stankov, MBE. There we have several articles on Bulgarian Easter traditions, including one about how to make kozunak and another about why the date of Easter differs East and West.




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