1. Dobrin Georgiev ’43: The Children of the College

    July 5, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    I’m an invalid with these wounds of mine, the pleura – torn back there on the shoulder blade, and in spite of it all I’m in my ninety-second year. The College, the College – all of those sports, the work. We worked at the College, there were no slackers. We’d say, “Let’s make ourselves a pool,” and we all went to dig it, and then we swam and competed in it.

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  2. Georgi Gospodinov: Never Stop Wondering

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    May 26, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    There may be 10-15 books that will remain important to us, but until we find them we’ll have to go through entire libraries. Read, purposefully or randomly. Read when you’re frightened or calm. When you’ve been turned away or you have turned away someone, in either case the pain is great. Words can comfort. They can hurt too, of course. Don’t be afraid of being hesitant, unsure, or of trying the taste of sorrow sometimes. People are made of that too. We are immersed in a culture of success that constantly urges us to show strength, confidence, to rush and win. I confess that some of the most important events of my life are those that never happened. The things that never happened, like the loves that never happened, sometimes last longer and sprout a different kind of knowledge.

  3. Георги Господинов: Не спирайте да се учудвате!

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    May 26, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    Четете – подредено или безразборно. Четете, когато сте уплашени или спокойни. Когатo са ви изоставили или вие изоставяте някого – и в двата случая болката е голяма. Думите могат да утешават. Могат и да нараняват, разбира се. Не се страхувайте да бъдете разколебани, несигурни, да опитате вкуса на тъгата понякога. Човек е направен и от такива неща. Потопени сме в култура на успеха, която ни кара непрекъснато да показваме сила, увереност, да бързаме и да печелим. Ще призная, че едни от най-важните събития в моя живот са онези, които така и не са се случили. Неслучилите се неща, както неслучилите се любови, понякога траят по-дълго и са извор на друго знание.

  4. Liliana Ikonopisova ’42, Together for Better, for Worse

    May 12, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    Rufi and I met on the first Mountain Day and have been together ever since. We went to (medical) university together, got married, and stayed by each other’s side until his passing. He was a gorgeous, tall, well-built poet, writer, and singer with a heavenly voice. He could imitate Sinatra so well that people were stunned when they heard him first.

  5. Tsvetana Beleva ’42: Laughter Is the Best Medicine

    April 12, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    The plot of the one-act play based on the song was the following: a soldier who has joined the army misses his beloved. They arrange for her to come out and meet him one evening. The ironing boards were turned into the barrack fence, each appointed student standing behind a board and holding it. One girl stood up on a chair, holding up a round platter – the moon. The couple stood conversing at the barrack gate. Suddenly, the general comes out. This was my part. I had put on the brown uniform of night guard, had tightened it with a belt to fit and headed towards the two lovebirds. To be more genuine, I was imitating Mr. Dyakov, the Dean of Boys’ School. Actually, everyone knew this, thanks to my successful mimicry. When we finished, thunderous applause burst out from teachers and students. We won first place that Stunt Night. On the next school day during the big break, I was summoned to Mr. Dyakov’s office. Stunned, I feared I would be punished. Instead, he welcomed me heartily, saying: ”Tsvetanke, you made me look so good! Thank you!“ I left relieved. What a lesson on how to take jokes at your expense, if you are intelligent!

  6. Kalina Manova ’98: The Wonders and Wanders of Life after ACS

    March 23, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    I believe that discovering one’s true passion is the first step to being happy – the second its pursuit. ACS gave me the opportunity to try on a different hat every day. I remember the long afternoons and occasional nights of editorial work on College Life, the endless folk-dance rehearsals, the impossibility of learning “The Jabberwocky” for Alice in Wonderland, the math competitions, and the volunteering in local schools. Sure, there were organizational flops, money hick-ups and make-up messes. But I remember only the fun and excitement (and proper dose of embarrassment!) of finally seeing the newspaper in print or performing on stage.

  7. Andrew Robarts: A Trip Down Memory Lane

    March 15, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    I could go on with this trip down memory lane… from organizing the ACS First Trivia Bowl, to practicing with the Bulgarian national baseball team, to spending several nights on Cherni Vrah with the volunteer ski-patrol team (we ate a lot of nadenitsa), to picking up and taking students to school in the blue van in the depths of a Sofia winter, to playing baseball on the lawn in front of Sanders as our friends across the street conducted crowd control drills, to climbing Mt. Musala with a group students (in the pre-Green school days), to watching at a friend’s apartment in Mladost 4 Bulgaria beat France 2-1 in the Parc des Princes to go to the 1994 World Cup in the US, to arguing with a sky lift operator in Pamporovo (in the best Bulgarian I ever spoke) that my lichna carta entitled me to pay the local (not the foreign) rate for a lift ticket, to getting to know many wonderful Bulgarian colleagues (several of whom still teach and work at the school including Stefka Papazova, Maria Angelova, Vanya Angelova, and Ani Ivanova.)

  8. Patty Anderson: Reminiscing about ACS

    March 11, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    Scruffy spends lots of time on the couch and probably doesn’t remember her time on the streets of Mladost 2, but she can still be goaded into action if you yell “Haide!”with just the right intonation. Our biggest news is small in stature. Mabel, our daughter, will be six months old when this goes to print.

  9. Kalinde Webb and Bill Fisher: Bulgaria on Our Mind

    March 7, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    Working at the College so early in our lives together did much to define how we see things. The two of us being the entire English Department in 1993-94 was a bit odd, but it allowed us to get to know the students better than we could later in our time at ACS as we discussed classes and students often; we would find ourselves wondering about a student and whether any cultural differences between America and Bulgaria might account for certain behavior or responses in their essays, or if that student was just expressing him or herself as an individual. We did have a number of disagreements, but Kalinde was chair, so….

  10. In Memoriam: Petko Bocharov ’38

    March 2, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    Recently, a journalist asked me what quality I find to be my most valuable one. I answered that it was curiosity – I am very curious indeed. I am curious about everything happening here and throughout the world.