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The Pub, to ski or not to ski? - 6 Aug 2010
            
  Is there a better place in the world than your local pub? I have yet to find one wherever I have lived, be it in Swansea, Tanzania, and now Bulgaria. There is nothing better than after you have done what you have to do for the day than sitting back with a few beers, putting the world to right.

My local 'kruchma' in Samodiva, is a mine of useful and sometimes completely irrelevant information. Topics of conversation range from football, politics, and more often than not the bikini clad MTV clip playing in the back ground. Would you? Wouldn't you?

I am probably the youngest there at 35 and considered a 'mlad', the rest of the locals who water themselves there are 40+ married with at least one child. The kruchma is not just a place to get tipsy, but is a refuge from day to day life in the village. Although women are allowed in my pub it is a male only zone. Where they can swear with abandon knowing that no-one will get upset. Where opinions can be voiced, and normally challenged vociferously.

Apart from the lack of pool table and dart board, this could be a working mans pub anywhere in the UK. Apart from Saturday nights where you will not find all the wives sat in the corner with a gin & tonic on their night out.

When I first went to my pub armed only with my phrasebook, conversation was a little stifled, although with many hand gestures and references to dictionaries, I managed to converse if only in a limited way. So much so that new words and phrases have been invented and now constitute a new language that can only be understood within the realms of the Samodiva kruchma.

Tahir was one evening telling me that he was working away in Pamporova, I had only been here a few weeks and was getting completely confused. So he started to mime someone skiing. This (un)fortunately I misread as having sex. Imagine, man in pub pretending he is doing the downhill slalom, after a couple of beers it is an easy mistake to make. When I got the dictionary definition and explained to him that I thought he meant having sex, he and the rest of the pub were crying with laughter.

From that day on the verb 'to ski' now has two meanings in Samodiva and comes in the forms;

  • ski - the normal, snow two planks and a bit chilly
  • ski bez snag (without snow) Clothes not required. Not chilly.


So if some asks you to come on a skiing holiday in Samodiva, you might want to ask if there is going to be snow or not.



 
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