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Ellis Shuman
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Author of The Virtual Kibbutz, Valley of Thracians, and The Burgas Affair
Author of The Virtual Kibbutz, Valley of Thracians, and The Burgas Affair

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Traveling in Southern Bulgaria: Rhodope Mountains
The Rhodopes are known for their unique geological formations. The mountains are set apart by river gorges; there are many deep caves cut into the karst landscape. In the winter months, the snow-covered peaks are perfect for skiing – Pamporovo is one of Bul...
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I wish I could go back!
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Traveling in Southern Bulgaria: Bachkovo Monastery
The first thing one notices when walking into the Bachkovo Monastery – the third largest in Bulgaria – is a plaque posted in Bulgarian, English, and Hebrew. "In this holy monastery lie Patriarch Kiril and Exarch Stefan who in a selfless display of courage a...
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Review of The Parting Gift by Evan Fallenberg
There’s a lot of sex in The Parting Gift by Evan Fallenberg (Other Press, September 4, 2018). Let’s start with that. Excessive, graphic, homoerotic sex which may turn off many readers. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let us consider where this vivid...
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A Visit to the Oldest Surviving Jewish Synagogue Building in Greece
On a narrow alleyway off the main pedestrian thoroughfare in the Old Town of Rhodes, a set of steps leads up to an unpretentious doorway opening to a historic building and a small shaded courtyard. This is Kahal Shalom, the sole remaining synagogue on a Gre...
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"Vivid imagery made me want to wander the streets of Bulgaria"
The book starts off with a brutal terrorist attack, which is based on a real terrorist attack that took place in July of 2012 at Burgas Airport. A bomb was placed and detonated on a bus, and the blast subsequently killed five Israelis and the Bulgarian bus ...
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Review of The Legacy by Melanie Phillips
When we first meet British television producer Russell Woolfe, he is on his way to his father’s funeral. Sitting in synagogue “for the first time in forty years [he feels] hatred in his heart.” Woolfe “hated the synagogue for its rigid complacency. He hated...
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Traveling to Rhodes with (Grand)children
When you think of traveling to the Greek islands you probably picture a sun-basked holiday of swimming in azure waters, lying on sunbeds for hours on end, and drinking ouzo at evening meals. While all that sun and all that ouzo might be the perfect vacation...
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Review of "Less" by Andrew Sean Greer
In the last few weeks I read two Pulitzer Prize-winning novels. I struggled through The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson, which won the coveted Fiction Prize in 2013, but I smiled my way through Less by Andrew Sean Greer   (Abacus, April 2018) which won ...
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Practical Tips for Visiting Sofia, Bulgaria
Regular visitors to my blog have heard me say time and time again why you should visit Bulgaria. But you might be wondering, how will you get around when you get there? If you plan to start your visit in Sofia, how will you get from the airport to the city ...
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