The beginning of March was about celebrations. About the Baba Marta day we wrote in the previous Update. The next event was on 3rd of March – the national holiday of Liberation Bulgaria. On this day takes place every year a big event in Shipka. Many people come to pay tribute to the Russian soldiers, who died for freedom of Bulgaria. The main points of interest are the Shipka Memorial Church and the Shipka monument on the top of the Shipka pass. Many of the people are going to a hiking trip from town Shipka to the Monument.
We used this opportunity to promote our fundraising projects in Shipka: the new roof for the chitalishte and Restoration of the old chitalishte building.
On the way to the church we had a sales stand with souvenirs, books and other items connected with Shipka and with our projects. For the first time we sold there a new set of postcards and magnets with pictures from the Old chitalishte made for a purpose of supporting the fundraising campaign.
Like another special product we were selling homemade British pies, which we was making previous week with Nick from Ireland. We had two versions with sweet and salty filling. The salty one was with potato salad with white cheese, the sweet one with apples and raisins.
After Paulina’s leaving remained for some time only two volunteers in Shipka – Martin and Adel.
Adel was continuing to work on his own project with the signs for Ecotrail and Martin spent most of the time with computer work – creating video from the Baba Marta day and Infosheet with information about Bulgaria and Shipka and communicating with new incoming volunteers.
Because the spring was coming fast, we started do more work in the garden. We were preparing new garden beds, weeding grass and transplanting lettuces. We was also sowing tomatoes and basil to a plastic boxes and Adel prepared bigger beds and planted potatoes.
On the end of the month, before coming new volunteers, we started to make order and changes in our house. We painted one room and whole kitchen. Martin improved the common room to be again liveable. He made new light design and some little electric work to add switches to the lights and hide cables. He also hanged to the walls pictures, map and whiteboard for informations. Hopefully it will be nice place to spend time together.
On the last weekend in March we visited the Day of village Sheynovo – closest Kukeri event in neighbouring village, where performed many Kukeri and folklore groups. We also met there new volunteers who just came to Kazanlak and will work also in Chitalishte Sheynovo: two girls from France and one from Georgia – she already performed traditional Georgian dance on this event.
Author: Martin Votava
Photo: Martin Votava