Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Rila Monastery

The Rila (pronounced "reel - lah") Monastery is Bulgaria's oldest and holiest religious site. Nestled in its namesake mountain range, it lures visitors from all over the world, but especially from Bulgaria. Tom, the head of our new school, told us it is now the home of just nine monks, but it has been a religious institution for more than ten centuries. Strangely, one of visitors' favorite things about it is the special donut ("banitzi") stand in the plaza outside. Tanya, the registrar at ACS, spent about half an hour in line to get everyone the fried flat dough circles sprinkled with powdered sugar and they were popular indeed. 

No comments: