Sunday, November 29, 2009

My country

Many of my classmates describe some of their trips to different places in the world but for me the most interesting place in the world is my homeland-Bulgaria.
Bulgaria, like every other country, has its positive and negative sides. My country has a good climate which gives possibilities for developing tourism. It offers a good education and it is peaceful. Nevertheless, the low standard of life (low salaries, bad roads, dirty streets) makes my country less attractive than many states with similar characteristics.
My native country is located in a functional climate region. We have four seasons, a lot of beautiful and full in rivers and lakes, mountains. During the summer we enjoy going to our seaside. In Bulgaria are located some of the best skiing resorts like Bansko and Borovest. There people can have an amazing vacation because they can combine their passion in skiing or snowboarding with relaxing in the spa. That’s why we have a developed tourism. The only problem is that our transport is bad and we do not keep our nature clean enough.
Not only will Bulgaria impress you with good climate, but it will also offer you education. People can receive a great opportunity to be taught by some of the greatest professors on the world. Our universities produce good professionals. Yet, there is a problem in my country: salaries are low. For example, some people who have a degree in philosophy have to work as something else because they do not earn enough money, practicing their profession. So if good education combines with good pays, people will be stimulated to study here.
Lat but not least, my country is peaceful, there are not many crimes. People can walk around the streets and parks without fear. The bad thing is that when a crime occurs our police do not do much to understand the truth about it and punish the criminal.
In conclusion I can say that although my country is not perfect because of its low standard of living, it offers wonderful tourism, good education and peaceful life. I do not know a country which is perfect that’s why I think that Bulgaria is the best place for living and having a vacation.

This is link to a video which presents photos from Bulgaria:

Monday, November 16, 2009

"Eleven minutes"

Two months ago I read “Eleven minutes” by Paulo Coelho and I really enjoyed it. The book is published in 2003 but I though that the it is not enough interesting to read. One day I was sitting in my library at home and I saw the book on the shell, somehow it gained my attention and I decided to read the summary on the back of the book. When I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I read it for a day. I wanted to read it again and again.
Actually I liked many things about the book. I really enjoyed the style of the writer. He uses vulgar words and expressions which makes the story more real and engaging for an 18-years old teenager. He says everything in a straight way which makes the story easily to follow. Another thing that I really liked about the book is that the novel talks about important themes of our lives. The main character is a prostitute in a foreign country, far away from her family. The conditions are forcing her to do this. She is young and scared and as many people has to deal with her problems alone. Many people can see themselves in her character. Many people have to live outside of their homes in order to succeed and have a better life. While the main character is working, she talks about her feelings and emotions and she describes all of these in a diary. The most common theme is about loneliness. While I was reading the book, I was really lonely. I didn’t want to go out and see my friends, and when I was around people I was still feeling alone. So the theme of the book is really common. I think that the progress of the topic is helpful for the readers that feel the same way. On some points I though I’m there, it was so realistic. Actually the book is trying to show that you have to be who you are and follow your dreams whenever it takes you: even if you have to be a prostitute.
The story of the book is actually real and this makes it even stronger for me, because I know that it is normal to feel lonely sometimes, its normal your life to be hard for you and it’s normal for you to desire something more, and do everything to get it. So my advice is read the book, you are going to enjoy it.