Saturday, 29 April 2017

Curiosity Chest


Little Moors on the Ears of Paupers

The influence of the Venetian Serenissima Republic on the Adriatic’s eastern coast is diverse and the morčići, or ‘little Moors’, are one of its most miniature forms. Full Story



Bosnia and Herzegovina
Medieval Haiku on Bosnia’s Mystical Graves

"And in the room in which I was sitting, there was a window, beyond it was eternity. And I was staring at the ground persistently." This epitaph from 1258 was discovered on one of the mystical stećci– unique Bosnian gravestones, dating from the... Full Story


Bulgaria
The East Bulgarians' Horse

When talking with Bulgarians about their history, you’re bound to hear of the proto-Bulgarians – a Turkic tribe that came from Central Asia and mixed with the Slavs who had already settled in these lands, thus creating the Bulgarian state and... Full Story


Macedonia
Such an Easy Metaphor

In the centre of Skopje, there is a clock which shows the correct time only twice in the course of 24 hours: shortly before dawn and at dusk. This mode of operation has been in place since 5:17am on July 26, 1963, when the Macedonian capital was... Full Story


Serbia
Mocasins, Trainers or... Borosana?

From Belgrade to Zagreb, and from Kopaonik to Opatija to Dubrovnik, if there is one thing uniting Serbia and Croatia since the disintegration of the Yugoslav federation, it would be the Borosana shoes – an orthopedic, open toe and heel model Full Story


Turkey
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog Kangal: Dancing with Lions

This horse-sized dog is quite scary looking, but it is friendly towards humans and loyal to its owners. Audacious historians suppose that the breed has existed since 1000 BC. Full Story


Romania
The Bearded Russians in the Balkans

If you see a crowd of men with long robes and beards in the middle of the Romanian countryside, you have most likely stumbled upon the Lippovans.

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Epicure


Bulgaria
Foreign Wines Outnumbered Bulgarian Ones on Vinaria 2014 Competition

11 March 2014 | National wine tastings, preceding Bulgaria’s biggest wine fair, Vinaria 2014, started today with a surprise: foreign wines exceeded in number Bulgarian ones first time in history of the competition. Full Story



Useful Reads


Greece
In Sfakia: Passing Time in the Wilds of Crete (2008) | By Peter Trudgill

Crete has long been acknowledged as one of the most singular and unique parts of Greece. Its people keep a fierce hold on their traditions, customs and history. Practically a country of its own, this vast island looms over all others in Greece. Nevertheless, as In Sfakia author Peter Trudgill aptly notes in his preface, “some parts of Crete are more special than others, and Sfakia, on the remote south coast, is certainly one of those.” Full Story




Music


Serbia
Serbia Surprises with Choice of Little-Known Singer for Eurovision

12 March 2009 | A little-known Serbian singer and composer, Marko Kon, has surprised many by emerging as his country's representative at the 54th Eurovision in Moscow.
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