|Some of my students.|
Friday marked the end of the semester here, and I taught my last class that evening. It was a bittersweet moment, as I have really enjoyed all of my students this semester and am a bit sad that our time has come to a close. Exams begin this week and run for several weeks. I was able to schedule my exams early, so I hope to have them graded and submit grades by next week.
In addition to wrapping up my work at Sofia University, I am trying to use my last weeks here to finish one major and several smaller projects. I am feeling highly motivated for this and am very hopeful that it will be as productive as my time in early October. I am also preparing for the start of my human rights course back home tomorrow, with some much appreciated assistance from a colleague and friend until I return in early February.
I hope to do some traveling as well. Tomorrow I will be traveling to Blagoevgrad to give a talk at the American University in Bulgaria. I’m also planning a trip to Athens this weekend. My time there will be brief, but I will be staying near the Acropolis and hopefully will be able to explore that area.
|View from near Musala Peak, above Borovets.|
The weather is again very mild here. It is currently 63 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny. Yesterday I traveled with my neighbor and his brother-in-law to Borovets, a ski resort in the Rila Mountains about an hour south of Sofia. It was an enjoyable trip, and the mountains were beautiful. We took a long gondola ride to a point near the mountaintop. It was quite cold and cloudy at the top, but occasionally the clouds would clear revealing the valleys below.
There was a strange story out of Sofia this weekend that some of you may have heard about, involving an attack on a politician. It has been the subject of a lot of discussion here, and the story continues to evolve. For the latest, see this story from the Guardian.