Last weekend I headed down to Razlog once again. Here are some snapshots from the weekend. Enjoy!
|Grandma, people just keep giving me money.|
|International Kukeri Festival.|
|Babas. The hardest working and |
most awesome people in Bulgaria.
|Catching a breather. I think those masks and costumes can be heavy.|
|Entering the parade ground (the city center).|
|A huge Kukeri mask.|
|I see you.|
|Some of the cooler Kukeri masks.|
|This guy was part of the Macedonia Kukeri troupe.|
Theirs was more like carnivale, but really great nonetheless.
Hopefully I am headed to Macedonia with some volunteers in mid-March.
|The award for most intricate and most colorful costumes goes to Yambol.|
|гайда (gaida): bagpipe|
|More from Yambol.|
|Every Kukeri member wears bells. When they jump together it sounds great, like a chorus.|
When they jump independent of one another it sounds like the cacophony
of cow bells at a cyclocross race.
|That night we went out and happened upon a men's volleyball match between|
Plovdiv (guests) and Pirin (home). Pirin won in comeback fashion three games to two.
I think it is safe to say that we got the best seats in the house. What a view.