A LIFE OF PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE IN MULTI-ETHNIC DOBRUJA By Nikolin Svetlana The Balkan peninsula (southeast Europe) is blessed by diverse and unique regions each of them with long history stretching back more than 6,500 years. One such part is Dobruja, a historical region of the Balkans that has been divided since the 19th century between Bulgaria and Romania. It’s north part belongs to Romania and south to Bulgaria.
CHESS - An Unique Mind Game Invented by Ancient Indians that can Make you a good Strategist in any Battle in Life By Nikolin Svetlana Recently I was watching Satyajit Ray’s brilliant anthological film 'The Chess Players' with great Saeed Jaffrey, Amjad Khan and Richard Attenborough which gave me some more glimpses into the present day board game of chess and its beginnings.
ALTculture 1/2021 - 2020 Christmas Unlike all Others By Nikolin Svetlana This festive Christmas days in the Balkans, southeast Europe, will be so different than in previous years. Corona pandemic has changed our lives and stuck us all at homes and compelled us to take all safety measures and precautions.
ALTculture 12/2020 - Alice in South-East Europe's Fairy Wonderland of Maramuresh By Nikolin Svetlana Maramuresh region in north-western part of Romania is a real living museum of this south-east European country. Surrounded by tall mountains and heavy forests Maramuresh is the home of picturesque villages which have preserved their traditional way of life and rural culture to at fascinating extent almost impossible to be seen nowadays in Europe.
ALTculture 11/2020 - Owl Round Mystery of World’s Biggest Regular Winter Settlement of this Nocturnal Birds with Binocular Vision in a town of Serbia
By Nikolin Svetlana
For the reasons known only to them the town of Kikinda in the Province of Voivodina in north Serbia (southeast Europe) becomes a regular winter settlement of hundreds of owls.
It is the biggest urban winter quarters of long-eared Owls (Asio otus) in the world so far.
ALTculture 10/2020 - The Charms of Samarina in Greece – The Legendary Village of the Ethnic Aromanians By Nikolin Svetlana Years back my friends and I voluntarily translated an interesting book, a study by A.J.B. Wace and M.S. Thompson entitled ‘Nomads of the Balkans: an account of life and customs among the Vlachs of Northern Pindus’ which was published in London in 1914. This book gave some really great information about Aromanians (Vlachs) of the Balkans, at that time almost totally unknown ethnic group.
ALTculture 09/2020 - Down Memory lane with my Chestnuts Growing Ancestors By Nikolin Svetlana >Coronavirus has made inroads in many tribal areas around the globe taking them almost totally unprepared. At this time of the year chestnut lovers impatiently wait for their favourite nut which has exquisite taste and would fulfil even the most fussy. Thinking about chestnuts revived many of my memories about my ancestors who had a forest of chestnut trees and made their life trading in them. My great grand parents and grand parents lived in a mountainous area now on the border with Albania and North Macedonia (southeast Europe) in the beautiful region north of the famous Ohrid Lake.