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The Rocks Of Belogradchik – one of the wonders of the world.

May 28, 2013

There are amazing sights all over the world, so a small country like Bulgaria is no exception. The many photos of the rocks of Belogradtchik (in the north-west part of my country) are certain prove of that “rule”. I guess they are wondrous enough to be in the list with the greatest sights on Earth.

Unfortunately, they were not chosen to be amongst the new eighth wonders of the world, though it seems they were good enough to be under the protection of UNESCO after the voting for the new list of wonders was over. I hope all the people who could see and feel the beauty and magnificence in all the forms of nature would be glad these rocks will be kept safe for the future generations too. For more info about them have a look at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belogradchik_Rocks.

Actually, the weather was really bad for the spring time of the year the last time when I visited the amazing rocks with a good friend of mine. The entire place was covered with a thin layer of snow and there was fog (too thick at some spots) everywhere. Yet, that way some of my photos have the amazingly mysterious look of the ancient fairy-tales or myths and real historical events… That’s why I couldn’t refrain from posting them, as one could rarely see the magnificence and mysteriousness of the rocks while they were covered with fog and snow… More of them will appear soon at my flickr, facebook, pinterest profiles too.

  

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The REAL story of the 1st Thanksgiving…

November 24, 2012

I know many USA citizens wouldn’t like this post, some of my friends at facebook are usually frustrated because of such posting as it is against their country… Yet, I think it’s not against USA but actually just condemns and show such vile acts… This is history and must be very well known… Those who forget their past are forced to repeat it again, as they said in Babylon 5, right? Thanks to a good FB friend of mine, Gray Wolf, I could share it here too, happy Thanksgiving, let’s such vicious acts remain in the past:
The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had escaped. By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living …Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their language. He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Nation. At the end of their first year, the Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the Wampanoags.

But as word spread in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots called Puritans began arriving by the boat load. Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain. Joined by other British settlers, they seized land, capturing strong young Natives for slaves and killing the rest. But the Pequot Nation had not agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had negotiated and they fought back. The Pequot War was one of the bloodiest Indian wars ever fought.

In 1637 near present day Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside. Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared “A Day Of Thanksgiving” because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered.

Cheered by their “victory”, the brave colonists and their Indian allies attacked village after village. Women and children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered. Boats loaded with a many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England. Bounties were paid for Indian scalps to encourage as many deaths as possible.

Following an especially successful raid against the Pequot in what is now Stamford, Connecticut, the churches announced a second day of “thanksgiving” to celebrate victory over the heathen savages. During the feasting, the hacked off heads of Natives were kicked through the streets like soccer balls. Even the friendly Wampanoag did not escape the madness. Their chief was beheaded, and his head impaled on a pole in Plymouth, Massachusetts — where it remained on display for 24 years.

The killings became more and more frenzied, with days of thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre. George Washington finally suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre. Later Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday during the Civil War — on the same day he ordered troops to march against the starving Sioux in Minnesota.

This story doesn’t have quite the same fuzzy feelings associated with it as the one where the Indians and Pilgrims are all sitting down together at the big feast. But we need to learn our true history so it won’t ever be repeated. Next Thanksgiving, when you gather with your loved ones to Thank God for all your blessings, think about those people who only wanted to live their lives and raise their families. They, also took time out to say “thank you” to Creator for all their blessings…

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some weekend dose of one of the best medicines, laughter…:) not all for kids though…

November 18, 2012

Two youngsters watch two girls in a bar. “Let’s go to meet them!” says the one.

“Ok,”but a bit later,” says the other. “Let them pay their bill first…”

 

Why people are frustrated by Chinese quality of stuff and praise German products so much? Don’t you remember that The Great Chinese Wall have been standing thousands of years and the wall in Berlin was destroyed after a few decades?… As God made Heaven and Earth….. the rest was Made in China….!!!

 

“When I left my previous landlady, she cried…” said a youngster to his new landlady.

“Don’t worry, darling, I won’t,” replied his new landlady. “I take the rent in advance…”

 

All the women say they like men with uniforms, but what they keep to themselves is that they actually prefer the other sex without them… my future Incredible Future or Lake Mystery :).

 

Hope everyone had/have a nice weekend! 🙂

 

 

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What is, actually, a vacation about ;)?

September 8, 2012

Despite the above quote, I think a vacation is really useful for anyone, no matter what job we have or whether we like it or we are just obliged to perform all those “boring and stupid” activities every working day… For many people such a question is stupid, as there shouldn’t be any other answer than having a lot of all the fun possible (and they are right, of course, but usually the fun they mean includes only drinking a lot of alcohol, having a lot of sex with different partners, eating enormous quantities of tasty food, getting some sun tan and washing /literally/ themselves in the sea, etc). Yet, I guess such a vacation could lead to a lot of trouble (not only connected with one’s health but with future financial situation or loosing a lot of brain cells at courts and in fierce arguments about whose kid is the new-born, etc).

There are much better ways to spend a vacation, according to my humble opinion, and one of them is to combine as many different kinds of fun as possible. Having sex, eating tasty food and taking care of one’s body at the beach or at a mountain go very well with some sightseeing, reading (or writing 😉 a good book, finding some new friends all over the wolrd, learning some interesting facts about the history, future, present or environment of a resort/place, etc.

It seems few people would like such a vacation, though… When I told my brother that I planned to spend an afternoon in some museums while I was on vacation, he said that I was crazy and would probably be the only one who would “waste” his precious time in the most important period of the year. Many of my friends thought that way too, until I showed them the photos I made. It seems then they realized that the beauty of such kind of fun during a vacation surpasses or at least could be equal even to the best sex encounters possible or the most amazing adventure based on drinking too much of the finest alcohol in the world… BTW, I’ll be really glad if the situation in many other countries is different and much more fans of the more unusual vacations could be found J?

Anyone could see more of my vacation photos at my facebook, flickr albums:

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