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Posted by: George Dimitrov (ID *****0439) Date: June 11, 2003 at 05:32:39
In Reply to: Re: IGNAT NEDINSKI by Grigor Kotzev of 774

I am not sure. My grandma's name is Gena Ivanova Koleva. They use to live close to the kinder garden, the house is right on the back of the bus stop. Now my grandma is located close to the gypsy-mahala, 3 houses from the other bus station. There is very little I know about their history. I know that my grate-grandpa was a butcher then read the Bible and quite his job. He is also mentioned in some book for participating in a coup against the king(I presume this is all about the military rebellion.. he served 2 or more wars), for which he was imprisoned. My grandma dated a guy who became a partisan then got shot by the government. In Sofia she dated an officer, who was latter repressed by the communists. However she married a RMS member, who was a communist after 1944 and a socialist after 1991. My grandpa was from Buchino and 4 years younger than her. They were divorced latter on. I have been all over Litakovo. My grandma is also the founder of the cherkovtche of St. German on the outskirts, she believes she has prophetic dreams, however she is extremely simple and earth-bound, her greatest hobby reading "Paraleli"(in the old days).

I think Litakovo is a very mystical and interesting town(surely it doesn't look like a village to me). I've always wanted to climb to Vulchigrad, but they told me it's far. My grandma used to say that long time ago Litakovo was covered with water(was a lake-sea) and that tall people were living in the mountains. On the tcherkovche of St. German they found a cross, a tomb of a kind I guess, but to her it was a sign of an old monastery or a church. My grandma was always visited by old ladies centennials and they'll sit and talk stories of the old days, and of ghosts. For me it was like dream world, like readying Gabriel García Márquez.

If I get myself back to Bulgaria I promise myself to sit with my grandma and record every story. However she's 83 this year and her days are numbered. After her the past will disappear.

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