Is Bulgaria a Tolerant Country?

9 12 2011

With the end of this project just around the corner, I just want to regret that the lack of time hasn’t let my talk about the health system situation. Forgive me for hasn’t given you any information about the topic. Despite I’m pretty happy about how the rest of the topics have been developed.

I put a lot of attention in the education. I have to recognize that this topic really obsess me. I strongly believe that a country able to generate a well educated citizenship has made more than half of the work to achieve a healthy democracy.

I would like providing more information about the current economic situation because I didn’t want to turn my blog into a boring compilation of numbers. Despite of this, following the statements of Ivo, Manager of Fenix Hotel that we found out that Blagoevgrad is a city with huge possibilities but still need some investments.

A paused reflection of the roads state and other infrastructure was also an obligation, due to the big improvements which every member of the European Union have experimented in their first years since the entrance.

In my opinion my initial purpose has been developed properly. The topic is so huge, and consequences for Blagoevgrad people to entry in the EU are so deep that it’s impossible to summarize it in a four months project.  In spite of all you can find here a global vision of the improvements and the future steps the EU will bring to Blago.

My last post was a bit controversial. I wrote a short post giving my own opinion about religious tolerance in Sofia, which is that the capital of Bulgaria is a pretty plural city with different and varied religious places. I knew thanks to a comment that the situation could be less idyllic than it could seem.

With the intention to get a larger knowledge of the topic I have been interviewing several people. All of them whether Bulgarians or foreigners were young people, so probably this post would not be enough to clarify the real tolerance situation on the country.

Neither could be enough to express the opinion of a whole generation, because the research has not been so deep. But I still think that there is really interesting to check how different profiles of people perceive the topic, probably influenced by their own conditions. In the video below you can hear the opinion of Nadia (Mexico), Hristo (Bulgaria), Viktor (Bulgaria), Ali (Turkey) and Nico (France):


Knowing Your Neighbor’s Culture Avoids Problems

30 11 2011

Integrating all religions in the European Society is a big deal for the European Union. The European Union has association trades with some Muslim countries as Morocco. Despite many efforts done for the European Government and the states members leaders religious conflicts have not been solved yet.

European governments still have to face complicated situations related with religion.

The controversial caricatures of Prophet Mahoma published in Danish newspaper “Jyllands Postema” are a good example.  The Prophet was drawn with a bomb as a turban. In the following days other European media joined to “Jyllands Postema” and they also published cartoons which were qualified for the Muslim Community as offensive and it sparked their wrath.

These kinds of conflicts reflect lack of knowledge of the religion of our neighbors. The solution is not so far as seems. Acting with respect and learning a bit more about other cultures must help us to build a healthier society.

In this case the European Government might take as example the city of Sofia. I was there last weekend and I checked for myself they have a lot of different religious places. I entered in some of them and I saw Muslims, orthodox Christian and Jewish praying in different churches, cathedral, mosques and synagogues. Furthermore nobody from other religions was bothering around at least as far as I stayed there.

Nevertheless as I know thanks to a comment in this post, I could have experienced a fake illusion of tolerance. I have to apologize for my ignorance of these facts and thank to milva113 for her corrections.  There is a political party in Bulgaria called “ATAKA“. Their supporters are racist and nationalist and they have starred some violent incidents against Muslim Community in Bulgaria.

However according to my own experience, I keep thinking that if Sofia is able to avoid fights between different religions, followers will be a great example how different religions could coexist in the same place. I promise to keep working in this topic hereafter.

In the map below you can see the huge variety of religious places that Sofia holds:

Bulgaria Needs Better Roads

10 11 2011

When you met Nadia Reza and she told you she is Mexican and she is only 21 years old, you cannot even imagine how well she knows the European roads.

Nadia is so lively that in few months she has crossed almost whole Europe. She uses to take flight from one country to another but then she often travel inside the country by bus and seldom by train or by taxi. Even once she crossed the border between Macedonia and Bulgaria by walk under the watchful eye of a Border Policeman, who was pretty freaked out. Obviously, he is more accustomed to see people crossing by bus or car so it was more shocking for him than for Nadia, who remember this story with a big smile in her face.

She thinks that Bulgarian roads are too old and the Government needs to improve it for make the country more accessible, and for give Bulgarians and foreigners the chance to travel faster and in a more comfortable way along the country.

Spain, Germany or France are some countries she has visited in Western Europe. She is studying in the AUBG as exchange student and during the fall break she has been travelling around the Balkans so she knows pretty well the situation of the European roads.

You can listen below an Interview with Nadia Rezar: