Lost in Time

Mamoiada is a tiny village in inland Ichnusa. It’s situated in the Region of Barbagia (Barbaria) whose name was given to the proud and elusive people (who always threw away any kind of rule) of that mountainous land by the Romans. This terra is occupied by a mountain massif and is still inhabited by practising shepherds. Above all, the village attracts visitors because it’s home of mamuthones and issohadores.    Continue reading

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Hai fame? (Are You Hungry?)

Hai fame? This means “Are you hungry?” in Italian? If you’re starving and it’s your first time in Italy you will have some problems choosing the appropriate place for you to have lunch or dinner. You might read in your guide that you should go to la trattoria “X” or l’osteria “Y”. Or if you want something more special and formal, you should go to il ristorante “Z”. Well, hearing all these names unfamiliar to you, you might get lost completely and you might choose to go to a place offering fast food instead of tasting some typical  Italian dishes “accompanied” with some red or white wine. My humble piece of advice is not to make this mistake in countries like Italy, France, Spain, Portugal or Greece which do have culinary traditions, have their country and regional specialties and locals are used to indulging in tasty meals.  So, have a look at the paragraphs below and choose your place to eat something really very delicious when you’re nel Bel Paese (“Beautiful Country” is the nickname of Italy). Continue reading

Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate

480-va-pensiero-sullali-dorateVa, pensiero, sull’ali dorate (or Fly, thought, on golden wings) is the well-known part of Giuseppe Verdi’s four-act Italian-language opera composed to Temistocle Solera’s libretto composed in 1841. Nabucco is thought to have been Verdi’s greatest masterpiece which established his reputation as one of the greatest composers of all times. I am offering you in this post to let our thoughts fly on golden wings. And how …?

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The Day After Christmas

479-the-day-after-christmasBoxing Day is the day after Christmas. It’s a holiday observed in few countries only. They are countries historically related to the United Kingdom mainly. If we have to be more precise, we should mention Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.  It is also observed in Germany and it is called Zweite Feiertag (the second celebration) or Zweiter Weihnachtsfeiertag (the Boxing Day). The Brits often celebrate it by going to watch various sports (especially horse-racing or soccer). Of course, the 26th of December is the day of big post-Christmas sales like the Black Friday in the USA.  And here is the origin of the Boxing Day. Continue reading

Buon Natale

478-buon-nataleThe Italians always greet you with Buon Natale on Christmas. This greeting may vary depending on the region and local dialect. For example, the Sicilians use Bon Natali to the South or people who reside in the parts of the northern Italian region of South Tyrol speak Ladin and their Christmas greeting is Bon Nadèl or Bun Nadèl. No matter what, the Italians celebrate Christmas and the celebrations start 8 days before the holiday with special Novenas (this is a series of prayers and church services which are performed for nine successive days. Continue reading

Καλά Χριστούγεννα

477-%ce%ba%ce%b1%ce%bb%ce%ac-%cf%87%cf%81%ce%b9%cf%83%cf%84%ce%bf%cf%8d%ce%b3%ce%b5%ce%bd%ce%bd%ce%b1The Greeks are Orthodox folks but unlike the Russians or Serbians, for instance, they celebrate Christmas with the Catholics on the 25th of December. They also observe the 6th of January, Epiphany and also the Orthodox Christmas, and this day is known as the “the blessing of waters”. They have the same celebrations as we have here in Bulgaria. A cross blessed by a priest is thrown into the water and young and courageous men dive into cold (almost frozen) lakes, rivers and seas to fetch it. The one who manages to get the cross is meant to be healthy, lucky and happy all the year round.

On the other hand, Greek children usually receive their presents from Άγιος Βασίλης (Aghios Vassilis or Saint Basil) on the 1st of January when the whole nation celebrates St Basil the Great.   Continue reading