A Breeze in Bulgaria
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Bulgaria. A country with beautiful mountains, fertile fields, dusty roads and old Soviet-era apartment bloks. Ancient ruins, tired cities, intricate music and folk dances. Scattered remnants of the old industry struggle for survival, glimmers of hope among rusty abandoned factories. School hallways ring with the laughter and shrieks of bright-eyed, eager children, and youn...more
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The book is a journey through Bulgaria from the first hand experience of two peace corp volunteers. The volunteers were not what I thought of as the age group to change their life from comfortable to amazng. The story is extremely detailed and pulls the reader into the class room. the countryside, the culture, the food, the fun and the frustration of being in a country where everything is not new and shiny. Food is not available in a drive thru, The transportation, meaning train and bus service...more
Arlene
Having been in the Peace Corps myself, I enjoy reading about the time others have spent in their volunteer assignments. What made this book especially enjoyable to me was the fact that Bruce and his wife Stormy are good friends of mine here in Denver. Bruce brought their time in Bulgaria alive. I think he must have written good journals to recal it all in such detail. I felt like I was traveling with him there. I especially recommend it to anyone who is thinking of becomming a PCV.
Ellis Shuman
The first Peace Corps volunteers arrived in Bulgaria in 1991, shortly after the country changed its political system. When Bruce McDonald arrived eleven years later, he said, "We felt this was such a good place to be because of the big changes that were in process here in the transition to a democratic society and a new market system."

Bruce and his wife Stormy arrived in Bulgaria, were assigned a host family in the village of Panagyurishte, and taught English in the town of Pazardjik. In order t...more
Stormy
First I should mention that this book is my husband's record of his and some of my experience as Peace Corps volunteers in Bulgaria, so reading it was a very personal experience for me. I enjoyed it as a retrospective of that time in our lives 10 years ago. What anyone can enjoy just as much, though, is his description of the country and the Peace Corps experience. Especially vivid is the gentle and loving characterization of the Bulgarian people, their openness, and their way of life. Their sha...more
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I was an Air Force pilot, then an international subcontract negotiator for an aircraft manufacturer. After a fulfilling, though hectic, career in industry I asked the question, "What next?"

The answer, for my wife and me together, was the Peace Corps. As it always does, the Peace Corps enriched our lives beyond measure.

The story is told in my book, A Breeze in Bulgaria .
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