People

Granny Ana. She lives in the house with the big verandah and the beehives in the yard. It is one house down Miro’s Cottage. Everybody in Tarkasheni and about knows her. She always tells stories, she can make you laugh and can invite you to her yard over a cup of tea or coffee. You can buy pure honey from her – it is produced by her son Vacho.

Katya daughter of Granny Ana. Katya is always there for advice and is very helpful. Mayor of the both villages Blaskovtsi and Tarkasheni she is the soul of the region . She organise two festivals in nearby village of Blaskovtci Famous summer festival of magnificent mekitsi (fried daugh pastries) and festival of Cherga /traditional carpets/. All you need to take a part in this events is to come and reward the participants for his work.

Granny Ana and Granny Dana.Granny Ana and Granny Dana (passed away 6.3.2012 ) are one of the reasons for Miro’s Cottage to exist – they inspired me and supported me in the belief that this initiative is reasonable and useful. They also came up with the name of the house, because they call me Miro. So if you need anything, you can always turn to them.

Archimandrite Leonid Rilski. He was born in Tarkasheni. It is not known when he entered Rila monastery as a novice but there is written proof that in 1934 he was already among the novices in the monastery. During the 70 years of his life as a monk, he was known as a punctual and gentle man, a good priest and confessor. He spoke French and thus could communicate with many foreigners. He had a remarkable collection of postcards from all over the world.

Violeta Chushkova. She lives in the town of Elena. She is a translator of English fiction. She started summer and all-year classes of contemporary teaching in English along with different applied classes like riding and mountaineering, for example. She is an intellectual with many acquaintances in town. She has a new famous school called “Vililand” – it is situated in the village of Mihaylovtsi, 12 km from Elena at the foot of Chumerna peak.

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